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Lawrence Co. Hosts Gathering Of The Juggalos This Week

The Juggalos Are Celebrating 20 Years of Festival Gatherings in Lawrence CO, IN.

Trailer with strange poster in the camp-out site for the festival (Sean Hogan/WFIU)

Thousands of Juggalos have descended on Lawrence County to attend a four-day music festival starting Wednesday.  

Juggalos are loyal fans of the hip-hop group Insane Clown Posse, which is most notable for covering their faces with clown makeup. Many of the fans adorn their faces with clown makeup as well.

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of coordinated Juggalo gatherings.

The Juggalo website describes the July 31-Aug. 3 festival as “going down this year within the cool, shaded depths of the Shimmer Forest in Springville, IN!”  

The group has encountered trouble with law enforcement in the past; the FBI labeled them as a “loosely organized hybrid gang.”

READ MORE: What You Need To Know About The Gathering Of The Juggalos In Southern Indiana This Year

A reportedly small number of Juggalos have engaged in petty theft, personal drug use and possession. In 2011, a couple was shot and wounded by a suspected Juggalo member, according an FBI report.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil says they will be patrolling the area through Sunday along with Lawrence County Police.

“We will be patrolling outside of the area and we will be taking a look at what’s going on as far as traffic violations, following too close, aggressive driving, criminal violations, that type of thing," Durnil says.

Durnil also warns residents to be mindful of traffic along IN-37 which might be busier as more people congregate in Lawrence County.

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