Thornville, Ohio- August 5th 2022: Gathering of the Juggalos

Gathering of the Juggalos 2024

AUGUST 14-17, 2024


Come one, come all to the most normal thing happening in the state of Ohio. Spend your weekend camping with a throng of murderous, musical clowns and 10,000 of their closest friends.

If you’re like me and needed to Google “What is a Juggalo?” you’re not alone. Not to be confused with gigolos, Juggalos are known as the devoted fans of hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse, who emerged from the Detroit underground scene in the early 90s. The pair thrived in the shadows for years, partially as a rejection of mainstream radio and partially because they’re allergic to the sun, before finding a niche with their fellow horror core brethren. The Gathering of the Juggalos is a homecoming for the family, as they call themselves, and a markedly sponsor-free dark carnival organized by ISP’s label, Psychopathic Records. For five days, these self-proclaimed “creeps, ghouls, maniacs and carnies” will flock to the center of the universe, Thornville, Ohio to worship their clown gods and spray each other with Faygo, a fruity soda that has become an unofficial beverage of Juggalos. Returning for its 24th year of mayhem, mischief, and general freakish behavior, Gathering of the Juggalos has historically featured a majority of performances from the Psychopathic label roster, though the full lineup is not yet released at the time of writing. Last year, Juggalos raged to performances from Psychopathic acts like Big Hoodoo, Blahzay Roze and, of course, Insane Clown Posse.

The Gathering of the Juggalos promises to be a 24-hour-a-day event, so expect tons of extracurricular programming including comedy shows, contests, wrestling, carnival rides and late night parties. Past participants have claimed raucous, but unverified stories of late night fireworks, campsite theft and public sex, so if you dare not risk the campground shenanigans after dark, opt to sleep off-site. Even if you’re not strictly down to clown, there is something to be said for the fanatical subculture of Juggalos. They’ve developed a relatively inclusive community of devoted music lovers with their own particular catchphrases — “whoop whoop” as a general greeting or sign of approval being the most notable — style and even currency. It’s actually quite impressive if you can get past the lurking feeling that they’re about to commit homicide.

The Specs

  • Over 10,000 people typically attend.
  • GA admission is still available for $245.
  • Need a Juggalo break? Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to what to do in neighboring Columbus.


What is the closest airport to Gathering of the Juggalos?

Fly into John Glenn International in Columbus, OH (CMH). From there it’s about a 32-mile drive to Thornville.

Where’s the venue?

Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, 43076.

Can I camp?

Yes! Seasoned juggalos encourage camping, as “the wildest shit happens in the middle of the night.” You must purchase a car pass to bring any vehicles into the campsites, though keep in mind that car passes and campsites are already sold out this year. Otherwise, there’s free parking in the field near the front entrance to Legend Valley.

Can I bring kids?

Technically speaking, there are no age restrictions on Gathering of the Juggalos. That being said, think long and hard about if you really want your spawn there.

Which artists will I see at Gathering of the Juggalos?

Full festival lineup TBA.




BY Olivia Winters