After 50 years, hippies welcome in an Indiana county

LAGRANGE, Ind. (AP) — Peace, love — and LaGrange. LaGrange County in Indiana has repealed a 1971 law that was intended at blocking huge gatherings like the 1969 Woodstock music festival in New York state. County commissioner Dennis Kratz calls it the LaGrange “anti-hippie ordinance.” The ordinance regulated large gatherings that lasted more than 12 hours and involved more than 500 people. The law was recently dropped as part of an effort to repeal LaGrange County ordinances that have no practical use but have been on the books for as long as 100 years. County attorney Kurt Bachman’s research lasted three years.