Great Lakes Bootblack 2013 Applications Open and Judges Announced

CHCIAGO – The Great Lakes Leather Alliance has announced the judgest for the 2013 Great Lakes Bootblack contest and put out a call for contestants.

The contest will take place in Indianapolis during Great Lakes Leather Weekend, Aug. 23-25

The contest consists of judging categories, ballot voting, two minute speech, on-stage question and answer, open interview, as well as teaching and technical presentations. New this year, contestants will each do a short public teaching presentation where weekend attendees will have an opportunity to learn bootblacking skills firsthand.

The winner will compete at the international level contest of their choice: International Mr. Bootblack, International Ms. Bootblack, or International Community Bootblack. The winner will receive support and preparation throughout their title year and a travel fund in support of their travel to their International contest.

This year’s esteemed judges are:

  • Loren Berthelsen, Co-Founder of Leatherati
  • Gabriel Majors, Great Lakes Bootblack 2011
  • Morgaine, Mid-Atlantic Leatherwoman 2011
  • Tarna, International Ms. Bootblack 2012
  • Dave Watt, Creator of Mr. Friendly

Contestant applications can be found on the Great Lakes website: Those interested in competing are encouraged to contact contest coordinator Riley Johnson through Twitter at @LeatherBodhi with any questions.