Joseph Utsler, performing as 'Shaggy 2 Dope' of I.C.P., stage dives from a stage support on the final night of the Gathering of the Juggalos at Hogrock Campgrounds in Cave-In-Rock, Ill. on Saturday, August 11, 2012. (Joel Hawksley / The Southern)

Joel Hawksley

Cost over-runs of The Gathering of the Juggalos has delayed payments to vendors totaling several hundreds of thousands of dollars, organizers said Thursday in a statement.

They plan on paying their bills, however.

“The Gathering of the Juggalos is a 100 percent independent music festival with no corporate sponsorship and putting on a five-day music festival this ambitious is a very time consuming and expensive process.

“Unfortunately, in our attempt to provide the best possible event for our fans, expenses exceeded estimates and expectations, which we had not previously planned for.

“The company putting on the event, Juggalo Gathering Inc., has no intention of turning its back on these financial obligations and is in the process of preparing a plan to take care of all vendors,” the statement said.

Juggalo Gathering Inc. is a subsidiary of Michigan-based Psychopathic Records.

Several vendors expressed their concerns this week that checks from the company have bounced or no payments have been made, some vowing not to do business with the event’s organizers in the future.

One check was written as a donation to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department for equipment, but it also did not clear the bank.

The event has drawn tens of thousands from across the country to the area that last several years at the Hog Rock Campground near Cave-in-Rock, pumping much-needed dollars into the local economy.

It has also taxed local police and medical emergency crews including at this year’s event in August, at which dozens of drug-related and disorderly arrests were made as well as emergency calls for drug overdoses. A Harrisburg man also died at this year’s event. / 618-499-4597


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