General Info

Gathering of the Juggalos

General Info

Below you will find all of the important information for this year’s 20th annual Gathering of the Juggalos (GOTJ), which takes place from 31 July 2019 (Wednesday) at 8 am to 4 Aug 2019 (Sunday) at noon. This section does not cover any of the entertainment that will be available at the Gathering. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected]

Shimmer Forest

This year’s GOTJ is being held on a 400-acre fenced-in outdoor music venue known as Shimmer Forest, with an address of 99 Moore Lane, Springville IN, 47462. It is owned and operated by a super cool group of ninjas who are excited to bring our event to their home, and for that alone they deserve our respect. There is enough space at Shimmer Forest to allow everyone to camp directly on the grounds (most of which is beneath the shade of trees) for a truly 24-hour experience.

GOTJ Ticket/Wristband

You may purchase GOTJ tickets at the front gate of Shimmer Forest starting on 31 Jul 2019 at 6 a.m. with cash or credit card. In order to purchase a GOTJ ticket online, you will need to click on the Ticket button found on this website. Online purchases can be made with either a credit card or through PayPal. Once purchased, you will receive a confirmation email, and then a physical GOTJ ticket will be mailed out to you starting on 10 June 2018 (please allow a few days for shipping). Tickets ordered after June 10th will be shipped as soon as they are placed. The GOTJ ticket will have a special barcode to be scanned once you arrive at the front gate of Shimmer Forest, at which point you will be given a GOTJ program, a special GOTJ metal amulet, and a GOTJ wristband at no additional charge, for entry.

The GOTJ wristband is not to be removed at any time and is your official pass into and out of Shimmer Forest (you may come and go as you please). It is good for the entire duration of the GOTJ, starting Wednesday July 31st (at 8 a.m.) until Sunday August 4th (at Noon). Anyone found inside the venue without a GOTJ wristband will be immediately escorted off the property. If you should lose your GOTJ wristband, you should report immediately to the Box Office. This wristband grants you access to all concerts, wrestling events, comedian shows, parties, sideshows, competitions, carnival rides, seminars, autograph signings, and much more, at no additional expense to you.

You may purchase GOTJ tickets from this website up until 21 July 2019. Tickets will not be available for purchase online after this date but will be available for purchase at the front gate of Shimmer Forest during the event (no one will be turned away). All sales are final. Under no circumstances will a replacement ticket be issued for any ticket that has been damaged, lost, stolen, or destroyed.

 

Car Pass

No vehicles are allowed on the campgrounds of Shimmer Forest unless you first purchase a Car Pass (however, you may park for free in the parking lot). These passes allow you to park your vehicle at your campsite, and once there it must remain until the Gathering ends. Car Passes apply to vehicles ranging in size from motorcycles to full-size vans that are not towing trailers.

In order to purchase a Car Pass online, you will need to click on the Ticket button found on this website. Online purchases can be made with either a credit card or through PayPal. Once purchased, you will receive a confirmation email and then a Car Pass will be mailed out to you starting on 10 June 2019 (please allow a few days for shipping). Car Passes ordered after June 10th will be shipped as soon as they are placed.

A Car Pass will have a special barcode to be scanned once you arrive at the front gate of Shimmer Forest. You will then be presented a sticker, which you will need to stick to the outside of your driver’s side windshield, which should not to be removed. It is good for the entire duration of the GOTJ, starting Wednesday July 31st (at 8 a.m.) until Sunday August 4th (at Noon).

You may purchase Car Passes from this website until 21 July 2019. Car Passes will not be available for purchase online after this date but will be available for purchase at the front gate of Shimmer Forest starting on 31 Jul 2019 at 6 a.m. (unless they’re sold out) All sales are final. Under no circumstances will a replacement ticket be issued for any ticket that has been damaged, lost, stolen, or destroyed.

 

RV / Trailer Pass

No RVs, campers, or vehicles towing trailers are allowed on the campgrounds of Shimmer Forest unless you first purchase an RV / Trailer Pass (however, you may park for free in the parking lot). These passes allow you to park your vehicle at your campsite, and once there it must remain until the Gathering ends. RV / Trailer Passes apply to any vehicle bigger than a full-sized van (no 18 wheelers) or any vehicle towing a trailer. This pass covers whatever is being towed, plus the towing vehicle.

In order to purchase an RV / Trailer Pass online, you will need to click on the Ticket button found on this website. Online purchases can be made with either a credit card or through PayPal. Once purchased, you will receive a confirmation email and then an RV / Trailer Pass will be mailed out to you starting on 10 June 2019 (please allow a few days for shipping). RV / Trailer Passes ordered after June 10th will be shipped as soon as they are placed.

An RV / Trailer Pass will have a special barcode to be scanned once you arrive at the front gate of Shimmer Forest. You will then be presented a sticker, which you will need to stick to the outside of your driver’s side windshield and should not to be removed at any time. It is good for the entire duration of the GOTJ starting Wednesday July 31st (at 8 a.m.) until Sunday August 4th (at Noon).

You may purchase RV / Trailer Passes from this website up until 21 July 2019. RV / Trailer Passes will not be available for purchase online after this date but will be available for purchase at the front gate of Shimmer Forest starting on 31 Jul 2019 at 6 a.m. (unless they’re sold out). All sales are final. Under no circumstances will a replacement ticket be issued for any ticket that has been damaged, lost, stolen, or destroyed.

 

Big Balla Campsite (30 / 50 amp)

With the purchase of a Big Balla Campsite (30 / 50 amp) you are endowed with a super pimp 25’ x 50’ site (approx.) with some useful features. These sites are located in the heart of Shimmer Forest and are a short walk to the Soopa Stage. Each of these sites have running water and individual electricity outlets featuring one 30 / 50 amp outlet for RV hookups.

The Big Balla Campsite pass allows you to park one vehicle of RV size (no 18 wheelers) or smaller at your site, where it must stay until the Gathering ends. Any additional vehicles parked on your site will require their own Car or RV / Trailer pass and must fit in your designated area. Keep in mind that you may also put multiple tents on your site, as long as they also fit in your designated area. Big Balla Campsites are not numbered and will be on a first come, first serve basis.

The Big Balla Campsite pass also allows you and up to 3 other Juggalos to enter the Gathering grounds one day early, starting on 30 July 2019 at 6 p.m. (a special wristband will be given to these ninjas so they may enter early), along with whatever vehicle the Big Balla Campsite sticker is attached to (and only that vehicle). Keep in mind that everyone getting in early must also have a GOTJ wristband to enter and will be required to remain in the Big Baller campsite area until the official start of the Gathering on July 31st at 8 a.m. No other vehicles, beside those with a Big Balla Campsite sticker, will be allowed to enter the grounds early.

Online purchases can be made with either a credit card or through PayPal. Once purchased, you will receive a confirmation email, and then a Big Balla Campsite pass will be mailed out to you starting on 10 June 2019 (please allow a few days for shipping). Big Balla Campsite Passes ordered after June 10th will be shipped as soon as they are placed.

You may purchase Big Balla Campsites from this website up until 21 July 2019. Big Balla Campsites will not be available after this time. All sales are final. Under no circumstances will a replacement ticket be issued for any ticket that has been damaged, lost, stolen, or destroyed.

A Big Balla Campsite Pass will have a special barcode to be scanned once you arrive at the front gate of Shimmer Forest. You will then be presented a sticker, which you will need to stick to the outside of your driver’s side windshield. It is good for the entire duration of the GOTJ starting Wednesday July 31st (at 8 a.m.) until Sunday August 4th (at Noon).

You may only purchase Big Balla Campsites online by clicking on the Ticket button found on this website. All sales are final. Under no circumstances will a replacement ticket be issued for any ticket that has been damaged, lost, stolen, or destroyed.

 

Pavilion Rental

Located throughout Shimmer Forest are 20’ x 40’ roofed Pavilions that are completely bare and have no power. Most of them are being used for official event purposes, but a few of them are available to rent during the Gathering of the Juggalos to use however you see fit. However, Pavilions may not be used for vending. If you wish to sell merchandise from a Pavilion you rented (for an additional fee), then you would need to make a request by writing into [email protected]

You may only rent Pavilions online by clicking on the Ticket button found on this website, up until 21 July 2019. Pavilion rentals will not be available after this time. On the ticket site you will be able to see which Pavilions are available. Each one has its own name which you will be able to find on the site map.

Online purchases can be made with either a credit card or through PayPal. Once purchased, you will receive a confirmation email, and then a Pavilion Rental Certificate will be mailed out to you starting on 10 June 2019 (please allow a few days for shipping). A Certificate for any Pavilion rented after June 10th will be shipped as soon as the order is placed.

Your certificate that you receive is your proof that you have rented that Pavilion. When you arrive, your Pavilion will be wrapped in caution tape with a notice that it was rented. Simple remove the tape and you can set up. Pavilion rentals are good for the entire duration of the GOTJ starting Wednesday July 31st (at 8 a.m.) until Sunday August 4th (at Noon). All sales are final.

 

Psychopathic All-Star Experience

This highly valued pass allows access to the Psychopathic All-Star Experience, which includes the following benefits that will take place on 1 August 2019 (Thursday) from 6:00 to 7:30 pm:

  • Meet and greet with all the Psychopathic artists (ABK, Big Hoodoo, DJ Clay, Insane Clown Posse, Lyte, Ouija, Rude Boy, Natalie the Ring Girl, Jumpsteady, as well as a bunch of other fresh ninjas) in the backstage area of the Soopa Stage for autograph and photo opportunities all in one setting.
  • All-you-can-eat buffet
  • Gift bag containing the following limited-edition collectors’ items: GOTJ 20 VIP laminated pass, Flip the Rat Amulet (full color), and a Psychopathic flag.
  • The opportunity to stand on the side of the stage to watch the first artist of the Gathering perform.
  • The privilege of returning on Saturday night of the Gathering to be able to participate in the Faygo Armageddon during the climax of ICP’s set on the Soopa Stage!

Once you arrive on the Gathering grounds with your ticket, you will be able to pick up the items listed above at the Box Office. You will need to do this before you head backstage, so that the staff can process your ticket. You will then be instructed to gather on the right side of the Soopa Stage at 5:45 pm on 1 August 2019, where you will then be escorted backstage. Keep in mind that you will still need to purchase a GOTJ ticket in order to get into the grounds.

You may only purchase the Psychopathic All-Star Experience online by clicking on the Ticket button found on this website. Online purchases can be made with either a credit card or through PayPal. Once purchased, you will receive a confirmation email and then a Psychopathic All-Star Experience ticket will be mailed out to you starting on 10 June 2019 (please allow a few days for shipping). Psychopathic All-Star Experience tickets ordered after June 10th will be shipped as soon as they are placed.

You may purchase Psychopathic All-Star Experience tickets from this website up until 21 July 2019. Psychopathic All-Star Experience tickets will not be available after this time. All sales are final. Under no circumstances will a replacement ticket be issued for any ticket that has been damaged, lost, stolen, or destroyed.

 

Parking

There is a 20-acre field located near the front entrance to Shimmer Forest where you may park your vehicle for free.  Keep in mind there is no camping allowed in the parking area! Due to fire codes, any campsites set up in the parking lot will be moved (go to the Info Tent for help locating your stuff if this happens to you).

Camping

Once you enter Shimmer Forest with your GOTJ wristband you are free to camp in any of the designated camping areas on a first come first serve basis. These locations will be clearly marked on the GOTJ map of Shimmer Forest, which will be available in the GOTJ program, and on this website. Keep in mind that the Gathering staff reserve the right to move any tent, vehicle, or campfire, to handle disputes. Or, if they are located on a road, or an unofficial camping area. There are some key rules that everyone must follow when camping:

  • There is no camping in the Parking Lot or in the field in front of the Soopa Stage.
  • All tents and vehicles must be 15 feet from any other tent, vehicle, or campfire in all directions.
  • Do not camp in-between any row of metal poles, as these mark fire lanes.
  • Make sure to safely contain, maintain, and extinguish all campfires.
  • All vehicles at a campsite must have an appropriate vehicle sticker pass.
  • Please be respectful of your neighbors, especially when it comes to excessive noise at night.

Tear Down

After the four full days of flavor, it will be time to head out. Sunday (4 Aug 2019) is the official tear-down day when everyone will be expected to be cleared out of Shimmer Forest and the parking lot by noon.

Good Advice

The following are some good tips that will help you enjoy your GOTJ experience.

  • Bring plenty of food to last you the entire time.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Wear hats and light-colored clothing while staying in the shade to stay cool.
  • Bring warm clothing for nighttime (it can get chilly depending on the weather).
  • Sunscreen is always a good idea even on an overcast day.
  • When camping, make sure to bring the right supplies (tent, sleeping bag, rain gear, flashlight, bug spray, toiletries, towels, folding chair, etc.).
  • Bring a cell phone or some way to communicate.
  • Avoid any kind of substance abuse…know your limits.

Rules

The following is a list of key rules to help keep everyone safe and ensure a good time. We ask that you treat everything on the grounds of Shimmer Forest with respect to show proper respect to the owners who have welcomed us into their homes. We also ask ninjas to refrain from showing up early to the Gathering.

  • No selling of illegal substances or the breaking of any other laws.
  • No underage or excessive drinking, or substance abuse.
  • NO GOLF CARTS, FOUR WHEELERS, OR MORTORIZED VEHICLES.
  • Children must be supervised by adults.
  • No vandalism or destruction of property.
  • No cutting of trees, damaging plant life, or hurting wild animals.
  • The speed limit while on the grounds is 5 mph.
  • No animals.
  • No weapons, glass, or dangerous objects.
  • NO FIREWORKS.
  • No spray-paint.
  • No littering, especially at the campsites.
  • No selling of food or manufactured merchandise (especially bootlegged merch).

Info Tent

This helpful tent is staffed 24 hours a day by Gathering Representatives in order to assist you with any questions, concerns, or problems you might have. The people working here have the power to either help you directly or get in contact with those who can. The Info Tent also provides the following other services:

  • Information (including event times) and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Maps of the Gathering grounds and spare programs (while they last).
  • Lost and Found – Please drop off any found items here.
  • Display of the main prizes you can win at the various contests.
  • Display of the Psychopathic Auction items.
  • A promotional area to leave flyers and CD’s.
  • Volunteer opportunities.

Merch Bazaar

This dope market will feature a plethora of rare, offensive, and Gathering exclusive merchandise from Psychopathic Records and its entire roster of artists. You will also be able to find merch from all the other artists performing on the Soopa and Shazam Stages, as well as a variety of other vendors.

ATMs

There are several ATMs located on the grounds for quick leafy green access.  Users are responsible for all transactions as there will be no refunds.

Convenience Store

This 24-hour store will strive to meet all your basic needs, by supplying an abundance of useful items. You will find everything from condoms, to disposable cameras, to over-the-counter-medications, and much more.

Food Courts

Several food courts will be located throughout the Gathering grounds, serving delicious food and tasty beverages. So, make sure to stop by to taste some of the delectable treats, such as, Dingleberry Donuts, Nipple Nut Pie, Cheeseburgers, GaryWay Gyros, Pizza, and of course there will be plenty of Faygo on tap to wash it all down.

Bottle Fill Stations

There are several fill stations spaced throughout the Gathering grounds where you may get fresh drinking water to fill your containers. These are located on the GOTJ map.

Shower Buildings

These free 24-hour shower buildings (one male and one female) are located within Balla Town for all to use.

Medic Tent

The Medic Tent will be staffed by trained medics 24 hours a day to handle any of your medical needs. There will also be an ambulance on hand to transport anyone with a serious medical emergency quickly and efficiently to a nearby hospital.

Security

Anyone who needs to get a hold of security for any reason can either go to the Box Office or the Info Tent. Security personnel will also be located throughout the Gathering grounds and are there to help you if needed. Their purpose is not to restrict people’s fun, but rather ensure everyone is acting in a safe and non-destructive manner while at the Gathering.