Iowa Leather Announces 2015 Winners

The crew and titleholders for the 26th Annual Iowa Leather Weekend. (Event Photos by Everett Allen Photography at: http://www.everettallenphotography.com/ilw2014)

The crew and titleholders for the 26th Annual Iowa Leather Weekend. (Event Photos by Everett Allen Photography at: http://www.everettallenphotography.com/ilw2014)

DES MOINES – The 26th Annual Iowa Leather Weekend (ILW), October 10-12 in Des Moines, Iowa, was a showcase of what makes their community special: the mix of men and women (and everything in between), leather and drag, as well as visitors from across the country and Canada, along with moments for serious discussion, interactive education, contests and tons of fun!

Friday night was kicked off with the opening of the vendor market inside The Blazing Saddle and a Smoke Out/Grill Out on the patio. Contestants worked the crowd to raise money for the ILW travel fund until they were formally introduced to the audience and the contestant order was determined by drawing a number.

Mr. Iowa Leather 2015 Rob Denk and Ms. Iowa Leather 2015 Lucket Kiche

Mr. Iowa Leather 2015 Rob Denk and Ms. Iowa Leather 2015 Lucket Kiche

The two contestants for Ms. Iowa Leather, based on the number draw: Lucket and Raychelle.

The five contestants for Mr. Iowa Leather, based on the number draw: Anthony, Rob, Mike, Allan and Greg.

After the number draw, the outgoing Ms. Iowa Leather 2014 Jenniffer Allen and Mr. Iowa Leather 2014 Drew Riebhoff were roasted – both in person and by guest appearances via video.

Saturday afternoon the judges interviewed the contestants while Titans of the Midwest presented Kink U classes on positional bondage, fetish wrestling, a PrEP/PEP panel discussion, and ending with the North Star Kennel Club hosting a puppy mosh.

For the first time in ILW history, this year the contest was held at Wooly’s, a venue that provided contestants and performers with a large stage and runway and the audience with a great view of all the action.

Alexandra St. James served as emcee. The evening featured traditional aspects of contests (minimal wear, on stage question, formal wear, and speech for the men; on stage question, fantasy scene, and speech for the women), as well as performances by drag queens, Mr. Gay United States and The Saddle Boys. The performers took full advantage of new space, working the stage and runway, in some well choreographed numbers.

After heartfelt step aside speeches by Jenniffer and Drew, the contestants were brought up to the stage for the big announcement.  Presented with a stole and backpack were the new winners: Ms. Iowa Leather 2015 Lucket Kiche and Mr. Iowa Leather 2015 Rob Denk.

Judges for the 26th Annual ILW were Ms. Iowa Leather 2014 Jennffer, Mr. Iowa Leather 2014 Drew, International Mr. Leather 2014 Ramien Pierre, International Ms. Leather 2014 Patty,  Mr. Midwest Leather 2012 Matt Hengle, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2014 Eric Paul Leue, Den Daddy for IML Joey McDonald, Mr. International Rubber 2011 GMan, and International Ms. Bootblack 2013 Bella.

Other events during Iowa Leather Weekend included a Jockstrap Party, Victory Brunch, and Victory Party which included an appearance by Bianca Del Rio, winner of the sixth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Executive Producer Jeremy Morris announced the 27th Annual Iowa Leather Weekend will be Oct 9-11, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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