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  • Area rep. weighs in on ICP festival

  • A music festival headed to Lake of the Ozarks has drawn the attention of at least one state representative.
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  • A music festival headed to Lake of the Ozarks has drawn the attention of at least one state representative.
    In response to a slew of contacts from constituents, State Representative Rocky Miller (R-124) is spearheading efforts to make certain the promoters of "The Gathering" are held accountable and follow state and local rules and regulations.
    The event is scheduled to be held in August at a campground in Kaiser.
    According to a report by the Associated Press, the festival is headlined by the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse. For the last seven years, the festival has been held at Hogrock in southern Illinois.
    Suburban Detroit-based Psychopathic Records Inc. offered few details on the shift from the Hogrock campsite near Cave-In-Rock to Lake of the Ozarks.
    The two members of Insane Clown Posse are Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, who perform as wicked clowns. Insane Clown Posse performs a style of hardcore hip hop known as horrorcore and is known for its elaborate live performances. Their followers are referred to as "Juggalos."
    "I got a lot of contacts on the latest music festival coming to the area," Miller said in a report to his constituents on Feb. 7. "After some research, I discovered this festival is headlined by the Insane Clown Posse (ICP). The followers of the ICP are known as the Juggalos."
    The event is said to attract tens of thousands of participants. The festival has gained a bad reputation.
    Miller said while it is not possible for him to stop the event, his office did contact all the state agencies involved and verifying they knew of the festival to ensure all of the applicable laws are followed.
    According to Miller, his office has notified the Departments of Natural Resources, Health, Transportation, Public Safety and Tourism.
    "In addition, we have contacted the Secretary of State and Attorney General Offices," Miller said.
    "This may not sound like much, but anyone previously putting on an outdoor festival will tell you that a lot of state agencies need to be satisfied. We are also researching to see if the music promoters can be bonded to verify that all of our law enforcement and other tax paid services will be paid for," he said in the report. "This festival has a bad reputation from what I can obtain from the internet, but I am hopeful that if they can follow our local and state laws, everyone attending can have a good, safe time and all other visitors and locals will be protected."
    Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott said he would be contacting other law enforcement agencies to assist during the festival.
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