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More About the Spencer Pride Festival
The Spencer Pride Festival is the largest rural LGBTQI gathering in the state of Indiana and it is the largest small town pride event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, & intersex community in the Midwest. Spencer Pride attracts visitors from throughout the entire region (even beyond our state lines). Spencer Pride is a family-friendly & pet-friendly, as well as being fun, fabulous, & free!
More About Spencer, Indiana
Spencer, Indiana is a small rural community of approximately 2400 people. It is located 17 miles west of Bloomington and the beautiful Indiana University campus. For the past several years, the Spencer Pride Festival has brought more than 2000 people out in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. We are very proud that the population of our town swells by 80% or more as a result of the desire of people from throughout Indiana to show support for rural gay and lesbian people.
2017 Spencer Pride Festival Details
This year marks the 11th Anniversary Spencer Pride Festival and the tenth consecutive one to be held on the grounds of the Owen County Courthouse and square in downtown Spencer. We hope that you will join us.
Spencer Pride has always been – and always will be – a 100% family-friendly festival, with activities for individuals of all ages throughout the entire day. Types of activities will include: a deluxe all-ages slip-n-slide, inflatable toddler town, 3-in-1 sports challenge, bounce house, and much more! Prism Youth Community will continue to host the Prism All-Ages Family Fun Area, which will feature activities like jewelry- and button-making, coloring contest, and other hands-on activities for the whole family. Bloomington Aerialogy will be doing aerial silk performances & lessons throughout the day.
We will have a huge variety of items in our choose-your-own raffles. We also will have 50-50 drawings and free giveaways throughout the day.
The festival is pet-friendly and dogs with responsible owners are welcome. In fact, this will be the third year that our event will feature a Pet Pride Parade, with those furry members of our families participating to help us raise awareness to the need for the spaying and neutering of animals. The Spencer Pride Pet Parade will take place at 12:30 PM on the south side of the Owen County Courthouse.
Live, local entertainment will be on stage throughout the day. This year’s lineup includes: The Trip, Quarryland Men’s Chorus, Hudsucker Posse, Kali Bentley, The Retrovales, Different Drummer Belly Dancers, & more! Keep checking our website for updates on our planned entertainment. Our emcee is Sheryl Daniels, who has served in the role for many years now and is a crowd favorite.
As always, our popular Ladies of Spencer Pride Drag Show will take place in the afternoon. We typically have 5-7 performers participating in this fun show. This is the only place in Indiana where you can see a drag show on the lawn of a county courthouse. Our drag show is hosted by Vicci Laine.
Our festival marketplace will feature more than 95 booths representing both retail businesses and not-for-profit organizations. A listing of current vendors can be found on our website. We will also have a special booth featuring items from past Spencer Pride Festivals.
Official Spencer Pride Festival merchandise will be on sale as well, including our limited edition t-shirts which tend to sell out during the event. Other items include Spencer Pride rainbow umbrellas, bracelets, and other assorted merchandise. These items will be available for sale in the newly opened Spencer Pride commUnity center located at 46 E. Market Street, which is within the heart of the Spencer Pride Festival.
A huge variety of festival foods will be available, including cotton candy, pretzels, fresh baked goods, elephant ears, specialty coffees & teas, candies, and much, much more! Food vendors will be announced in the coming months.
Free HIV testing will be available as will many other services throughout the day. HIV testing is provided by Positive Link (a program of IU Health Bloomington) and will be available from 1 – 4 PM.