The five-day Gathering of the Juggalos wrapped up Sunday in Hardin County with no major incidents reported.
The event attracts about 10,000 fans of Insane Clown Posse to the Hog Rock campground near Cave-In-Rock, and over the years has created financial strain for Hardin County.
Sheriff Joyce Cullison was unavailable for comment Sunday, but previously told The Southern Illinoisan that as the Gathering began Wednesday, police made eight arrests on felony drug charges and a number of traffic offenses.
Even though Cullison’s department is assisted with extra deputies by Illinois State Police, policing the Gathering can cost the county as much as $20,000.
In an effort to help the county offset its costs, state rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg, introduced a measure allowing the county to levy a 6.5 percent tax on tickets sold for large events. The bill was referred to the Rules Committee.
Unlike years past, this year’s Gathering unfolded without any reported deaths or major injuries, according to Hardin County dispatch.
— The Southern Illinoisan’s Brent Stewart contributed to this report.
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