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Summer 2007 | Top 5 Rural Prides

Summer 2007 | Top 5 Rural Prides

Fed up with the same old gargantuan, slick, big city prides? Want a bit more character in your out and proud shenanigans this year? Make a date with a pride festival off the beaten track and see how this crop of fresh-faced small towns and cities in the middle of predominantly rural areas proudly put rainbows on their calendars.

Fargo-Moorhead Pride, North Dakota
June 1-3, 2007, www.pridecollective.com
Rainbow hued rollerskating gets Fargo's pride activities underway on May 29. A host of enticing activities career along in its wake, from coffee shop hops and bowling, to drag shows, dancing, a beer bust, and a rally. Weekend highlights in the city known as "The Gateway to the West" include volleyball and softball at Lindenwood Park's Pride Park and a Fierce Drag Show.

Bisbee Gay Pride 2007, Bisbee, Arizona
June 15-17, 2007, www.bisbeepride.com
The west is getting wilder in tiny Bisbee (population 6,000), a former copper mining town at the foot of the picturesque Mule Mountains. Once known as "the Queen of the Copper Camps," Bisbee's queens and kings camp it up during a drag race and bull run in Brewery Gulch, square dancing, a turn of the century ball, and other such high spirited goings on during this southern Arizona mountain town's jaunty annual pride celebrations.

Montana Pride Celebration 2007, Billings, Montana
June 15-17, 2007, www.prideinbillings.org
"Magic City" sits in south central Montana, close to Yellowstone National Park. The biggest city in a 500-mile radius serves as a focal point for gay folks from Montana and Wyoming. Eric Himan and BETTY will be on hand to help mark this year's theme, "From Silence to Celebration," and tattoo artists will be among the vendors at the festival, if you want to make it an event you'll really never forget.

Pride in the Park 2007, Fort Collins, Colorado
June 16, 2007, www.prideinthepark.org
Billing itself as a "hometown pride," college town Fort Collins celebrates its fourth pride in 2007. Civic Center Park is the site for an expected 1,000 people to enjoy a sunny North Colorado day's entertainment, kids' games, more than 40 vendors and craftspeople, a beer garden, silent auction and tempting door prizes.

Rendezvous 2007, Medicine Bow, Wyoming
August 1-5, 2007, www.wyomingequality.org
This one is as rural as it gets. Camp out under the stars for five days in the Medicine Bow National Forest, between Laramie and Cheyenne. Wyoming's Rendezvous 2007 offers five days of good, ol' fashioned GLBT fun. Kicking off with a pot luck dinner, the rest of the week is crammed full of activities, contests, workshops, and entertainment, including the intriguing sounding Fractured Faerie Tale.

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