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Insane Clown Posse Festival Debts Allegedly Go Unpaid

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The Insane Clwon Posse attends the 2003 Billboard Music Awards  (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images, File)

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CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. (WWJ/AP) – Vendors at a recent outdoor festival featuring the Detroit-based Insane Clown Posse rap-metal group say they haven’t been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by promoters of the annual event.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports that several vendors at the Gathering of the Juggalos say they’ve received bad checks from the promoters of the event near Cave-In-Rock, Illinois.

Hardin County Sheriff Jerry Fricker says his department got a check from the promoters, Farmington Hills, Michigan-based Psychopathic Records Inc., as a donation for equipment such as protective vests and stun guns. But Fricker says that check bounced.

Insane Clown Posse fans are known as Juggalos. The group says its fans are a “family,” but a 2011 FBI report classified the Juggalos as a gang.

Described by ICP co-founder Joseph Bruce as a “Juggalo Woodstock,” the Gathering of the Juggalos spans five days and includes concerts, karaoke, games, wrestling, games, contests, autograph sessions and seminars. The 2013 event, the eight at Hogrock Campgrounds in southern Illinois, drew a reported 8,000 attendees.

A message seeking comment was left Thursday with Psychopathic Records. The independent label, also known as “The Hatchet Family”, specializes in hip hop music.

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