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Troll and Scum, two of the biggest horrorcore acts, have built a thriving scene in Denver

Sitting upstairs in what once was the projector room of the Roxy Theatre, Troll is in front of two desks piled with paperwork. With his feet up, relaxing and laughing on a phone call, Troll, born Travis Ragan, just finished booking a tour with Manchild of Swollen Members and Twiztid, a Juggalo heavyweight on one genre-blending bill. "Madchild is like hip-hop all the way," says Troll, who, in addition to being the Roxy's booking agent, heads up Strong Survive promotions and is the head MC of Slo Pain. "And Twiztid is one of the biggest Juggalo acts in the world."

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Gathering of the Juggalos 2013: The 32 most memorable Juggalos from Cave-In-Rock

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Nate "Igor" Smith

For five magical days in August, Cave-In-Rock, Illinois hosted one of our favorite events, The Gathering of the Juggalos. Our photographer, Nate "Igor" Smith, took thousands of pictures at the Gathering, but some of the folks he captured stood out more than others. There was the naked BBQing Juggalo, the fire-breathing Juggalo, and who can forget the Juggalos selling Adderall to help with everyone's studies. Let's take a walk down recent-memory lane, shall we?

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This incredible Make-A-Wish teenager went to the Gathering of the Juggalos, got a lap dance

Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois for our sister publication, The Riverfront Times.

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Cody Morin, juggalo and Make-A-Wish recipient.

We first heard about seventeen-year old Cody Morin on our way in to Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, site of the fourteenth-annual Gathering of the Juggalos. After hours spent driving through Southern Illinois we stopped at a restaurant/visitor's lodge in the park to ask for directions, where we learned that there was a kid from the Make-A-Wish foundation staying at a cabin that she rented out to visitors.

After a quick phone call to the family, we went out to the cabin and met with the young man, who has a congenital defect in his liver that prevents it from producing one of the enzymes required to do its job properly. His one wish was to meet the members of ICP, his favorite band, and he has traveled over 26 hours from Vermont to make his dream a reality.

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Gathering of the Juggalos: The hunt for the mythical, super secret Juggalo burritos

Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois for our sister publication, The Riverfront Times.

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Bill Huntsmen, the "burrito guy."

One of the true hardships that we face as a nation is the omnipresent problem of being surrounded by booze and stimulating foods. In the comforts of your own home, you may be able to curb your pizza-roll addiction into having just a civilized cup of tomato soup. At The Gathering of the Juggalos, you face a different world. Out here, it's harder than ever to think of your overall health as it becomes more about shoving as much crap into your body before a spray-painted golf cart driven by a man wearing nothing but overalls crashes into you.

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"Theres only nine hot girls in this whole thing": Quotes overheard at Gathering of the Juggalos

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Nate "Igor" Smith

During the Gathering of the Juggalos, Cave-In Rock, Illinois becomes a sonic disaster zone. Even if you're a rap lover, it's hard to keep your mind sharp with all of the noise. But within the cacophony of sounds, a few incredible Juggalo statements were somehow deciphered and recorded by our numbed ears. The things these people said may not make a ton of sense, but when you are surrounded by a constant thundering bass drum, the maniacal shouting of "whoop, whoop," and the occasional dynamite explosion in the distance...you probably wouldn't make a whole lot of sense, either.

See also: The Gathering of the Juggalos: Misconceptions and first Impressions from Cave-In-Rock

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Death at the Gathering of the Juggalos: Men in a tent unknowingly slept next to corpse

Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois for our sister publication, The Riverfront Times.

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Update, 1 p.m., 8/10/13: Reached by phone on Sunday afternoon, Hardin County coroner Jessica Cullum released the name of the man who died as Cory Collins, 24, of Harrisburg, Illinois, a town about 35 miles northwest of the music festival. Cullum said the cause of death was still pending.

More details about the fatal overdose that took place Friday afternoon at the fourteenth annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, have emerged. The deceased was a 24-year-old man, according to the coroner, and a source at the scene says his body was found in a tent alongside four others who were sleeping.

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Death reported at Gathering of the Juggalos

Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois for our sister publication, The Riverfront Times.

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Daniel Hill
The now-closed "drug bridge"

The Gathering of the Juggalos' infamous "drug bridge" is closed today, following reports of a fatal overdose last night. Ambulances were on the scene at Cave-in-Rock, Illinois around 2 p.m. local time, according to witnesses. The substance involved is believed to be heroin. The person's name and sex is not yet known.

Since the incident, the bridge -- which is basically an open air free-for-all market for recreational drugs -- has been closed for business, with two semi-trucks parked to block its access. There have been numerous reports of overdoses throughout the first few days; according to a police officer we spoke to, there were ten on Thursday, but none fatal.


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Camping with Juggalos: Ten must-have items

Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois for our sister publication, The Riverfront Times. We hope to see them again!

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Nate "Igor" Smith
A juggalo photographed on Wednesday, the first day of The Gathering, 2013.

At some point in your life, you may find yourself sitting in a minivan in rural Illinois, stressed out as you wear a metal butcher knife pendant around your neck. Your ankles are covered in mysterious goo, and all of your beer is warm. This can only mean one thing...

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You're at The Gathering of the Juggalos, and you're a moron. Not because you decided to go in the first place, but because you didn't put any thought into it until an hour before you had to leave. Just in case this ever happens to you, here are ten things you should and shouldn't bring to The Gathering of the Juggalos.

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The Gathering of the Juggalos: Misconceptions and first Impressions from Cave-In-Rock

Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois for our sister publication, The Riverfront Times. We hope to see them again!

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Nate "Igor" Smith
A juggalo photographed on Wednesday, the first day of The Gathering, 2013.

By its organizers' own assessment, the Gathering of the Juggalos is an event filled with the most misunderstood people of all time. Juggalos are generally looked down upon by "normal" members of society, thought of as losers, degenerates or outright criminals -- even most recently as a full-fledged gang, by the FBI.

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In keeping with these prejudices, the Gathering itself is subject to wild speculation by people who have never attended, in regards to its debauchery and unhinged behavior. Some of these preconceived notions are warranted, and some are not. Here are a few of our first impressions of the Gathering, now that we have spent a full day on the grounds.

We are probably not going to be murdered by Juggalos here.

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Where's God? Insane Clown Posse's Violent J speaks frankly about God and religion

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Chip Kalback
Violent J onstage at the Ogden Theatre. For more photos, visit our slide show of ICP at the Ogden.

Since the early '90s, Insane Clown Posse has built itself into what is arguably the most successful independent band of all time. The cult of fandom surrounding ICP is unprecedented and notorious (the FBI considers Juggalos to be a gang). Outside its home state of Michigan, the polarizing act has developed a large and extremely devoted fan base, including here in Colorado. We had the rare opportunity to speak at length with the personable and thoughtful Violent J about the act's latest video, "Where's God?" and the nature of his spiritual beliefs.

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- Inside the Insane Clown Posse iPhone App
- Review: Insane Clown Posse at the Ogden Theater, 9/29/11
- A major label tried to muzzle Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse. Here's why.


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