‘Redneck Rave’ Descends Into Throat Slashing, Impalements, and Mass Arrests
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A huge Kentucky country music festival last weekend got off to a rocky start: police found meth, marijuana and an open bottle of alcohol in the first vehicle they stopped at a traffic stop. One of the people in the car had two active arrest warrants against her.
"We thought, 'Well, that doesn't bode well for the weekend," said Shane Doyle, Edmonson County Sheriff, the Lexington Herald leader.
At the end of the five-day party, known as the "Redneck Rave," a man was impaled, a woman was strangled to death, and her throat was cut. In total, Edmonson authorities arrested 14 people and charged four dozen people from five states.
The event, called "Redneck Rave" and organized by country rapper Justin Time, took place at Blue Holler Offroad Park and drew tens of thousands, doubling the population of the unincorporated town of Ollie, which is so small is that she doesn't have a traffic light. The Redneck Rave organizers boasted of having sold more than 20,000 tickets. The long getdown, advertised as "the biggest country party you'll ever go to," boasted a demolition derby, goldfish races, and a major soccer game, as well as a series of concerts.
The details of the Redneck Rave incidents are gruesome. One person cut the throat of a friend and remained at large, a 29-year-old man reportedly strangled a woman until she passed out, one person lost most of a finger, and another was impaled while doing a side-by - Side above a 2-3 inch block that broke through the bottom of the RV. Paramedics left the log on him when they took him to a hospital.
Justin Time, whose legal name is Justin Stowers, wrote on Facebook: "This was the biggest event we've ever done and with so many people and random things popping up unexpectedly, I feel like we're all very good dealt with it. "
Doyle told the Herald Leader last year that the Redneck Raves - there were two - had "overwhelmed" his staff. He ordered all of his deputies to work compulsory overtime this year and sought help from the Kentucky State Police. At least one person died in the event last year. Another redneck rave is planned for October this year.
"There were so many drunk people that we just decided, 'If the ambulance sends an ambulance, we'll send a deputy with us,'" said Doyle.
Six of the festival goers are charged with crime, and the sheriff's office filed about 30 charges of drug and alcohol abuses.
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