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  • Attorney warns ICP festival organizers

  • A festival featuring the Insane Clown Posse won't be coming to the lake, but the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney is now threatening legal action against the festival's organizing parties if a festival is planned anywhere in the state without first getting the proper licenses.
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  • A festival featuring the Insane Clown Posse won't be coming to the lake, but the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney is now threatening legal action against the festival's organizing parties if a festival is planned anywhere in the state without first getting the proper licenses.
    Matt Howard issued the cease and desist letter to Psychopatic Records Feb. 13.
    A strong community backlash to the 'Gathering of Juggalos' prompted the owners of Crybaby Campgroung to back out of a contract with the record label last week. The music festival, headlined by Insance Clown Posse, scheduled for August 6-9.
    Howard warned Psychopathic Records that a music festival, which draws more than 5,000 people annually, is subject to licensing issued at the state level.
    "In response to the largely forgotten, but catastrophic 1974 Ozark Music Festival conducted at the Sedalia State Fairgrounds, the State of Missouri has imposed a robust regulatory scheme requiring licensure of any type of music festival or outdoor musical activity likely to attract 5,000 or more people which will last for 12 or more hours," the letter says.
    The regulatory scheme, as described in the letter, has existed for 40 years. A violation of failing to acquire the proper licensing is punishable as a misdemeanor.
    Howard alleges the record company violated state law by promoting the event and selling tickets without attaining the proper licensing, but because the event has since been moved to an undecided venue, he will not pursue charges.
    Howard did, however, say that if the record label moves to another venue in Missouri without attaining the necessary licenses, his office "may without further notice institute appropriate criminal proceedings to prosecute the law violations."
    The Gathering of the Juggalos is an annual event with a reputation that includes drug use, violence and general mischief. Organizers planned to hold the festival near Kaiser after six year in southern Illinois.
    The announcement of the festival’s relocation to the lake prompted lake-area representative Rocky Miller to contact various state agencies to notify them of the event.
    It is unclear where the Gathering will be held after the cancellation of the Miller County location.
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