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Hundreds turn out for 'Drag Queen Story Hour' in Evansville

Some 275 kids and their guardians attended a "Drag Queen Story Hour" at an Evansville public library Saturday.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - Some 275 kids and their guardians attended a "Drag Queen Story Hour" Saturday.

It was so popular, another 150 had to be turned away because they couldn't fit inside the public library where the event was held, according to a statement on their Facebook page.

Florintine Dawn, the Drag Queen performer, read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" and "Goodnight Moon." Children also danced to “The Hokey Pokey,” “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” and “Freeze Dance.”

“I consider this as a service to the community," Dawn told WFIE-TV. "Reading to kids means a lot to everyone. Education is knowledge. The public library has definitely done a fantastic job with giving out knowledge to everyone and I just feel like I could be helping that."

Not everyone in attendance felt the same way.

“A lot of people think that we hate them and I’ve been saying that 'God loves you, and God bless you.' I just think it was really something that was harmful," protester Rex Charles told WFIE.

Officials say there are no additional Drag Queen Story Hour events planned in the library system, but leaders will assess feedback to determine whether to have similar events in the future.