After a year off due to the pandemic, PrideFest, a family-friendly event that celebrates the local LGBTQ+ community, will return to Kiesel Park on Saturday and feature a number of artists and performers.
Seth McCollough, president of Pride on the Plains, said it feels nice to be able to host events again and bring the community together.
“Everybody, no matter who you are, has missed hanging out with their crew, hanging out with their people, socializing,” said McCollough, who took over as president of Pride on the Plains this year after previously serving as treasurer. “Being able to step into that role and being able to host a Pride event and host a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community, I think that’s just a huge honor for me to be able to do.”
PrideFest will feature a number of performances throughout the day from entertainers like RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Mizfits, Ara Besque, Spikey, Mrs. Kasha Davis, and Jiggly Caliente.
“We’re really excited for Pride this year,” said McCollough. “We’re excited to have them come in as well as local entertainment from the Lee County area.”
This year’s PrideFest marks the third time Pride on the Plains has hosted the event the past four years. The organization is also a regular staple in area parades.
McCollough said events like PrideFest are important for the LGTBQ+ and wider communities.
“Sadly, in the South, a lot of people still think that being gay is a choice,” he said. “The LGBTQ+ community is still looked down on, and so if we can educate people and teach tolerance and acceptance, then hopefully that opens up a new world for a newer generation.”
For those looking for a snack in between performances, there will be plenty of food vendors on hand, including Tacos To Go, Bill & Robbie’s Excellent BBQ Adventure, The Coffee Mafia and Kona Ice. PrideFest will also feature a children’s reading area.
“We’re so excited to have all these vendors and performers with us on June the 5th,” said McCollough.
The event is free to the public and will run from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Kiesel Park.
For more information, visit www.prideontheplains.com.
“The goal of Pride on The Plains is to create a family-friendly festival that can be enjoyed by all to celebrate the local LGBTQ+ community,” said Bob Cloud, treasurer of Pride on the Plains. “A festival is a great way to experience new things in a fun, relaxed environment.”