LaGrange County once again a “hippie-friendly” community


For the first time in nearly 50 years, LaGrange county is once again a “hippie-friendly” community.

The county has repealed a law from 1971 that county commissioner Dennis Kratz called their “anti-hippie ordinance.”

The law blocked large gatherings that lasted more than 12 hours and involved more than 500 people, as a result of the 1969 Woodstock music festival in New York.

The law was dropped as part of an effort to transfer LaGrange County laws into an electronically searchable format. As part of this process, many old laws, including the anti-hippie ordinance, are being dropped, as they no longer serve a practical purpose. Many of those laws were related to traffic and road signs that no longer exist.

LaGrange County Attorney Kurt Bachman, who has been working on the project for three years, says many of the documents he read were more than 100 years old.


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