IN ITS 7TH YEAR, SPENCER PRIDE CONTINUES TO GROW

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SPENCER, IN – The 7th annual Spencer Pride Festival, held on the courthouse square in downtown Spencer, will take place on Saturday, June 1st from 10 AM until 5 PM.  Spencer Pride organizers are happy to announce a diverse line-up of live entertainment, food options, and festival activities being added for this 2013 event. 

Spencer Pride is a welcoming, inclusive, and fun event for individuals of all ages, backgrounds, orientations, and gender.  The Spencer Pride Festival features an all-day lineup of entertainment as well as a substantial festival marketplace with more than 70 vendors offering opportunities for shopping, eating, and information-gathering.  Since Spencer Pride is a family-friendly event, many activities are available for individuals of all ages.  Admission and parking are free.

Known for its light-hearted atmosphere and small-town setting, the Spencer Pride Festival has grown steadily year over year since its creation in 2007.  Nearly 1200 people attended last year’s festival, making it the second largest festival that takes place in downtown Spencer each year. 

The 2013 line-up of live entertainment includes the Quarryland Men’s Chorus, Amanda Biggs & Justin Teague, Different Drummer Belly Dancers, Ted Green, Larry Morley, Dan Wyatt, and Uncle Elizabeth’s Cabaret Show.  Also performing will be rock band and powerful blues singer Tyra Jukes alongside guitarist and songwriter Bruce Payton. 

Spencer Pride is the only Hoosier pride festival with a  live drag show on the lawn of a county courthouse. 

In addition to the expanded diversity of its live entertainment, there will also be a wider variety of food options this year.  Last year festival-goers flocked to food vendors more than had been anticipated, resulting in long lines and hungry people.  This year Spencer Pride will continue to offer fabulous fixings from ChiliHat Concessions, but will now have food available from B & A Concessions, The Muffin Top, and the Owen Valley High School Band Boosters.

For family-friendly fun, there will be several options this year.  For those age 13 and under, the bounce house will be a fun (and free!) way to burn some energy.  Those over 13 will enjoy Bouncy Boxing for the first time in 2013.  Those 18 and older will be eligible to participate in 50-50 raffles.

As a special treat for festival-goers in 2013, the recently renovated historic Tivoli Theater will be offering free tours of its restoration throughout the day.  This theater, which originally opened its doors in 1928, is a crown jewel of downtown Spencer.  These tours are free for Spencer Pride attendees.

The White River Valley PFLAG, a long-time sponsor of the Spencer Pride Festival, is organizing a yard sale at this year’s festival.  Purchases made at this sale will go to support this 501(c)3 organization that serves an important role for LGBTQI families in south central Indiana.

This year, organizers of the 2013 Spencer Pride Festival will be collecting donations of personal items (toiletries, etc.)  for Middle Way House.  Individuals who are able to do so and wish to contribute can bring these items with them to the festival and drop them off at the Welcome Booth.

The Spencer Pride Festival is organized by local not-for-profit Spencer Pride, Inc.  The 2013 Spencer Pride Festival is sponsored by Positive Link (a program of Indiana University Health), White River Valley PFLAG, The WORD, Samaritan Ambulance, bloomingOUT, Visit Bloomington, Fair Talk, and Uncle Elizabeth’s, among many others. 

For more information regarding the 2013 Spencer Pride Festival, please visit www.SpencerPride.org or send questions to info@SpencerPride.org.