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The Gathering’s Crystal Forest return gets some press!

As you all know by now, the 21st Annual Gathering of the Juggalos will be making its return to Crystal Forest in Garretsville, Ohio!  The last time this happened was in 2005…15 years ago!  Some Juggalos who were in attendance for any of the 2003-2005 Gatherings remember this location as the best EVER to hold an event of this magnitude.  Some of you ninjas weren’t even born yet, but will now have the opportunity to see if it lives up to the hype!

I’m personally excited about this, and can’t wait for you all to experience it too!

Some publications out of Ohio have picked up on the story and give their perspective on its return.  Check those out.


After 15 years, Nelson Ledges Welcomes Back ICP’s ‘Gathering of the Juggalos’

The four-day festival put on by the hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse is expected to bring out roughly 5,000 people

GARRETTSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – An event that often brings out a large crowd is making its way back to the area after a 15-year hiatus.

Nelson Ledgeswill host the Gathering of the Juggalos for four days from Aug. 5 at 8 a.m. until Aug. 8 at noon.

“Yeah, they wanted to bring it back here because it was the first outdoor gathering they had,” said Kristina Kelley, co-owner of Nelson Ledges.

The four-day festival put on by the hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse is expected to bring out roughly 5,000 people. In previous years, the numbers were more than 8,000.

A Juggalo is a fan of Insane Clown Posse, or any other Psychopathic Records group.

Kelley said the last time they held the event at Nelson Ledges, there were some issues with the care of the property, so they decided to put a halt to it.

“The first year went off without a hitch, you know. Everyone was respectful and everything and then it kind of declined in integrity and stuff over the next couple years. I think people got comfortable with it being here and took it for granted,” Kelley said.

She said at Nelson Ledges, they have a high priority of being respectful to the land when it comes to not littering and recycling and just taking care of the property.

But, she says she has faith that the guests for this comeback event will have respect and care for the property.

The event will have security to ensure there are no problems.

Kelley said the relationship with Psychopathic Records and Robert Bruce, the organizer of the event, has always been a good one.

“I love working with them. I’m fully confident, you know, anything that I need done, they will see that it gets executed,” she said.

The four-day event will be filled with concerts, performances and other attractions.

Ticket information has not been posted yet, but you can follow ICP’sFacebook pagefor updates on ticket prices and a list of performers.


ICP’s ‘Gathering of the Juggalos’ returning to Nelson Ledges

After a 15-year absence, the “Gathering of the Juggalos” is returning to Nelson Ledges Quarry Park.

The annual festival organized by the rap duo Insane Clown Posse brought 8,000 to 10,000 fans to the campsite and concert venue off state Route 282 in Portage County from 2003 to 2005. It also brought out additional law enforcement concerned about destruction and other potential problems from a crowd of that size. ICP fans are known as Juggalos.

Problems were fewer than anticipated, although one concertgoer died in a fall at the 2004 gathering.

Quarry Park co-owner Kristina Kelley said all were on their best behavior the first year, but concertgoers showed less respect for the property at the second and third gatherings, and there was a mutual agreement between the park and the organizers not to come back in 2006.

Those issues were addressed with organizer Robert Bruce (brother of ICP’s Violent J, a rapper known as Jumpsteady and a former professional wrestler) when Kelley was approached about bringing the event back to the quarry Aug. 5-8.

“We respect our neighbors and our community,” Kelley said. “We don’t want to do anything that will (upset them). I trust the organizers and Rob Bruce’s ability to get that message across to their crowd. … They can express their uniqueness without being destructive.”

In a statement released Monday, ICP said, “Considered by most to be the greatest location in Gathering history, this incredible and hallowed place was the very first outdoor venue to host to the Gathering, 17 years ago. With unparalleled beauty, scenic cliffs and majestic lakeside camping — the magic of the Dark Carnival lies deep within its shaded forest depths, and in the hearts and minds of the Juggalo tribe!”

Ticket information and the lineup haven’t been announced yet, but the festival traditionally features ICP and its affiliated acts on Psychopathic Records, as well as special guests. Past performers include Rock and Roll Hall of Famers (George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic), famous rappers (Ice Cube, Ice-T, Busta Rhymes, Tone Loc) and popular comedians (Cheech & Chong, Ralphie Mae, Charlie Murphy).

Kelley said the event isn’t as big as it was when they first hosted the Gathering; that’s one of the reasons she agreed to have it come back.

“The only reason I let the conversation develop into a reality is because they said they are expecting 4,000,” she said.

Even with an added boost from its return to Nelson Ledges and venue’s regular crowd, Kelley doesn’t expect more than 5,000, which is comparable to some of their larger events in recent years.

Carpooling will be encouraged to alleviate the traffic congestion in the area. Kelley said they have other property near Nelson Ledges and are considering parking festivalgoers there and shuttling them to the event.

Whether you were there for any of the first outdoor Gatherings, or are just hype to go for the first time, sound off below!



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