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Yuengling reportedly sponsoring venue that hosts drag queen shows at site dedicated to 'family events'
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Yuengling reportedly sponsoring venue that hosts drag queen shows at site dedicated to 'family events': (Update)

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the new age restriction for the drag queen show that was implemented after the article was published.

Beer brand Yuengling sponsors a venue that hosts drag queen shows, according to the website for tickets to the event. The event is being held at a site claiming to be dedicated to "family events."

Yuengling is reportedly a sponsor of the Musikfest Cafe, which hosts the "Draggin' with the Divas" drag queen show held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The description of the event to be held on June 30 reads: "Draggin’ with the Divas is a drag show featuring music performed by some of our favorite Queens covering Queens. Hosted by Elektra Fearce St. James."

On June 13, the Musikfest Twitter account promoted the event on Twitter, but has since deleted the tweet.

The deleted tweet read: "Need your drag fix before our iconic Musikfest Drag Show? Well, the queens return to Musikfest Cafe pres. by Yuengling on June 30th! Close out Pride Month with a FIERCE show."

The Musikfest Facebook page also promoted the event, but did not mention that Yuengling sponsored the venue hosting the Musikfest Drag Show.

The cached version of the website shows that there were no age restrictions as of Friday morning. However, the SteelStacks website appears to have been updated on Friday afternoon to specify that the "Draggin' with Divas" drag queen show is now only for ages 18 and up.

The tickets were sold by ArtsQuest, a self-described "nonprofit organization providing access to art, culture and educational programs for the diverse residents of the Lehigh Valley and others who seek access to our community."

Political and cultural commentator Tim Pool shared a screencap of the venue's policies that allow babies to enter events.

The ArtsQuest official ticket policy states:

All persons entering a venue, including babies in arms, must have a ticket. Each ticket will allow one admittance. If a ticket holder leaves the venue, for any reason, re-admittance will not be allowed. Attendance of children under 2 years of age may not be recommended for some performances.

The ArtsQuest "event rules" page does not mention any age restrictions for attending its events.

The Musikfest Cafe is located in the SteelStacks, said to be "a 10-acre campus dedicated to arts, culture, family events, community celebrations, education and fun."

The Musikfest website also promotes drag queen shows on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10. The website notes that the "Musikfest Drag Show" will be held at the "PNC Series at the Musikfest Cafe presented by Yuengling."

In June 2022, Musikfest Cafe hosted the "Draggin' with Divas" event. Musikfest Cafe teased the event by sharing a video of the drag queen Elektra Fearce St. James dancing provocatively.

The video is captioned: "Here's a little taste of what you can expect from Elektra Fearce St. James when she takes the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling stage on June 3rd in Draggin' With The Divas!"

There are no recent social media posts by Yuengling promoting any of the drag queen shows.

Last October, Musikfest hosted a "Dragtoberfest" that was allegedly presented by Jack Daniels.

The post made by the Musikfest Facebook read: "The queens are taking the stage tomorrow night, 10/1, in Dragtoberfest presented by Jack Daniels at Oktoberfest presented Lehigh Valley International Airport."

The SteelStacks website listed the drag queen performers and noted that Jack Daniels was a partner.

TheBlaze contacted Yuengling and ArtsQuest, but did not immediately receive a response to requests for comment.

In April, Yuengling appeared to take a jab at Anheuser-Busch as it was attempting to deal with the Bud Light controversy regarding the partnership with transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney.

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Paul Sacca

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