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Slideshow: Spencer Pride Hits Record Attendance Post-RFRA

Pat Yo Weave performs “Uptown Funk” at the “Ladies of Spencer Pride” drag show Saturday afternoon.

The Spencer Pride festival saw the biggest crowd in its nine-year history Saturday with an estimated 1,500 attendees.

The LGBT Pride festival celebrated is hosted in the seat of rural Owen County, which is home to only about 2,200 people, making it one of, if not the largest Pride festival in a small town.

Festival organizers expected a strong showing because of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the state law that sparked controversy because opponents feared it could be used to discriminate against LGBT people.

Organizers say they saw a large number of families, pushing the number of attendees up from an estimated 1,200 people the past two years.

Spencer’s one-day event featured a pet parade and a dunk tank, but Spencer Pride President Jonathan Balash says the perennial favorite every year is the drag show, which 600 people attended this year.

Organizers brag Spencer Pride is the only place in Indiana where one can watch a drag queen perform on the steps of a county courthouse.


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