PARTY-GOERS at the Gathering of the Juggalos attempted to break a world record as thousands of revelers flocked to Ohio’s four-day horror rap festival.
Festival-goers wore clown-esque face paint and spray-painted Faygo in a clothing-optional mosh pit.
Fans of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse (ICP) are credited with the name “Juggalo,” and their followers often don clown faces and outfits for their get-togethers.
The name Juggalos reportedly came from the 1992 ICP song entitled The Juggla.
And the ICP consists of the rap duo Violent J, whose real name is Joseph Bruce, and Shaggy 2 Dope – Joseph Utsler.
Formed in Detroit in the early 1990s, ICP is known for creating its musical universe known as Dark Carnival.
Weeks before the festival, organizers announced they were trying to break the world record for the largest ribbon ball – which according to Guinness World Records weighs more than 2,000 pounds.
It has a circumference of a whopping 3.89 meters.
The feat hasn’t been broken since 2011 after being set in Louisville, Kentucky.
Revelers were encouraged to make a contribution to donate duct tape during the festival.
Organizers teased, “Big Silva’s road to world record sideshow. Make way unless you want to get caught, fam!
“Do not allow yourself to be robbed, harassed, rolled over and possibly robbed for all your worldly possessions (sic)!
“This is what happens when the epic infamous Big Silva comes into effect!”
The Gathering of the Juggalos has been dubbed the “World’s Greatest Family Reunion” as partygoers descended on Legend Valley between August 3rd and 7th for four days of debauchery.
Revelers swarmed on social media after the festival.
One said: “The juggalos 2022 gathering was AWESOME.
“Made new friends and inducted into the family.
“The first meeting was a success and I can’t wait for next year.”
While another gushed: “Finally home from my very first Gathering of the Juggalos.
“Definitely worth the time and money if you can make it to one.”
Fans flaunted their Juggalo tattoos and often outlandish and elaborate colorful outfits.
While others pushed for the destruction of boxes with an excavator.
Tattooed fans crowded the stage, where leading performers donned their clown-like costumes.
Party-goers were spray-painted with Faygo and a fan jumped off a stage after spray-painting his chest with red, blue and white paint.
Some of the tamer acts saw performers surrounded by giant teddy bears while still covered in clown paint.
Rowdy festival-goers designed explicit signs as they immersed themselves in the feverish atmosphere.
A man was seen shoving a hot pepper up his butt before taking a bite of it afterwards.
Others had sex toys attached to sticks for passers-by to shake.
A giant inflatable dinosaur had also been set up between the tents.
The Gathering has made headlines a number of times since its inception in 2000 for a variety of reasons including drug overdoses and rowdy behavior.
Cory Collins, 24, died at the festival in 2013 after complaining about not being well.
Collins had reportedly visited a so-called drug bridge, which was notorious at the gathering.
The bridge was a marketplace for various recreational drugs used during the festival.
And while there had been reports of drug overdoses at previous festivals, this year’s death of Collins closed the drug bridge.
In 2017, eight people were arrested while the festival was taking place in Oklahoma City.
Some of the arrests were drug-related, according to FOX25.
Michael Schintgen, 28, was arrested with marijuana possession, drug paraphernalia and hundreds of dollars, the outlet reported.
Two people were arrested for illegally setting off firecrackers.
Organizers warned revelers not to bring fireworks to the campsite ahead of this year’s event.
In 2011, the FBI designated the Juggalo community as a non-traditional gang as part of its National Gang Threat Assessment.
During this assessment, the FBI determined that there are approximately one million people who identify as juggalos and juggalettes, or female juggalos.
Investigators claimed in a report: “Most crimes committed by the juggalos are sporadic, disorganized and individualistic.”
At the time, fellowship had only been banned in four states—Arizona, Utah, California, and Pennsylvania.
ICP, the Juggalos and the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) have filed lawsuits challenging this designation.
And Alex Alonso, an expert on street gangs, told The Washington Post in 2017: “If you look at how federal and state agencies define a gang, it’s so vague and general that any group could fall under that definition.”
“I would say it takes a lot more from me to put juggalos in this street gang category.
“This category has many consequences.”
But the Juggalos continued to host the festival and make music.
“We love it,” Violent J told The Daily Beast.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5951184/gathering-juggalos-guinness-world-record-faygo/ The gathering of juggalos sets a wild Guinness World Record as the fest ends in the Faygo mosh pit, where clothing is optional