Hardin County to be descended upon by ‘rave’-ers this weekend
HARDIN CO.—One of Illinois’ smallest counties (in terms of land mass and population) is going to be swelling to bursting beginning tomorrow, July 21 and continuing through Sunday the 24th thanks to one of their increasingly-most-reviled citizens, Tim York.
York is hosting what’s known as a “rave,” a massive concert wherein DJ acts or bands play and play and play essentially all day and all night while attendees, trying to keep up with them, indulge in all sorts of recreational pharmaceuticals that enable them to do just that.
Acts with such questionable names as HypnoAssassin, Shpongle, Menace to Sobriety and AntiSerum will be performing during a Hawaiian-themed “Freaky Tiki” event on several stages (which themselves bear the strange names of “Freak Stage” and “Rage Stage”) on what’s become the biggest pain in any southern Illinois county’s ass since frakking on the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone and its attendant faultlines—Tim York’s private property outside of Cave-in-Rock.
The ‘private property’ angle is what continues to create chaos for Hardin, as the county commissioners (who, incidentally, probably need replaced in toto at the next available opportunity) have yet to come up with a way to keep York from holding ‘venues’ on his private campgrounds, these events for the most part causing havoc for Hardin and surrounding counties as the events get bigger and the crowds become more odious.
Sources tell us that this is one of five events York is hosting this year on his campgrounds (two Hog Rocks, the bike rally held this past weekend, the Gathering of the Juggalos and this rave) and that there have been advance online tickets sold for it beginning at $65 a person in February, and increasing in price by month until the current date ($115 online, $140 at the gate for tomorrow). We understand that there’s a rumor going around of 8,000 advance tickets sold, and that’s very possible, but might be overblown by about twice the reality, just to get the response it’s getting.
The response is that we’ve had it reported Hardin Co. sheriff Smoky Cullison has been asking surrounding law enforcement agencies for assistance in controlling traffic and the problems that come with that many people flocking into one small location in Cave. We have been trying to get ahold of Smoky since we learned of this yesterday afternoon, but he’s apparently been too busy to call, and we don’t blame him….Illinois State Police have reportedly committed only 7 troopers to the event, and that of course isn’t going to be enough, as, even with 4,000 this past weekend at the bike rally, the area was lousy with ISP squads and troopers in every quadrant of neighboring Gallatin County. If we’re really looking at 8,000 for this event, even doubling the number of troopers won’t do it…Hardin has only a handful of deputies, and a couple of cops in the county seat of Elizabethtown.
Our sources say, however, that York isn’t expecting the kind of riff-raff that converge on the area in mid-August for the Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos. Supposedly, because this isn’t your typical rave. It’s supposed to be a “top world DJ electronic music fest/event” with a crowd for such a venue composed of international, megabucks-loaded fans from all over the world, including those traveling from Tokyo, Chicago, Montreal, etc. Because they’re the Gucci crowd who drive Maseratis, they’re anticipated to NOT be raiding the local Walmarts and convenience stores looking for a five-finger discount and bathing at the restroom sinks.
However, we know from covering the exploits of past such concert attendees, the local crowd is indeed composed of such ‘entitled’ young crims as Lawrence County’s Kaylie Castro and Mark Schauf, who attend for no reason other than to do dope in the open and of course drink underage, since they’re either the offspring of public officials or friends of offspring of public officials, ergo they believe their shit doesn’t stink.
And because it’s private property, they can drink underage and do dope with impunity, since cops can’t come wading in and arresting them by the barrelful.
What they do OFF the property remains the domain of people like Cullison, who has been reportedly attempting to obtain help from other agencies over the past couple of days.
Our sources say they are curious as to how the high-class group is going to take to York’s homey field digs, latrines and “shower houses.” It may not go over with the Gucci crowd….if they are even bothering to attend. Our sources tell us that these kinds of people are used to dropping thousands of dollars for these shows; we haven’t checked with area motels yet, but we’re so far unaware of proprietors of such places squealing in delight at the overflow of Maserati-driving guests.
Anyway, that’s what we’ve learned….we’re waiting to hear back from Smoky….when we do, we’ll update. Any input you have will be appreciated….post away.
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