Iowa Leather Weekend 2018 winners named

Ms. Iowa Leather 2018 Joy Carty of West Des Moines, IA; Mr. Iowa Leather 2018 Bull Baugh, Ms. Iowa Leather 2018 Joy Carty, Mr. Iowa Bear 2018 Jim Perkey, and (kneeling) Iowa Puppy 2018 Pup Paddles. (Photo by Everett Allen Photography)

DES MOINES — Meet your 2018 Iowa Leather titleholders: Ms. Iowa Leather – Joy Carty of West Des Moines, IA; Mr. Iowa Leather – Bull Baugh of The Amanas, IA; Mr. Iowa Bear – Jim Perkey of Des Moines, IA; and Iowa Puppy – Pup Paddles of Boone, IA.

Held October 13-15, Iowa Leather Weekend (ILW) continues to break attendance records, over 600 people attended Saturday’s contest, with a total weekend event attendance of 1700. Multiple state, regional, national, and international titleholders attended Iowa Leather Weekend. International Ms. Bootblack 2017 – Elisa Vegas; International Ms. Leather – Girl Complex; International Mr. Bootblack 2017 – Ryan Garner-Carpenter; and International Mr. Leather 2017 – Ralph Bruneau traveled across the country to check out Iowa Leather Weekend. ILW earned a 2017 Large Event of the Year nomination in the Pantheon of Leather Awards.

The Super Gear’d Party, Smoke-Out Cigar Party, Rubber Meet-Up, Bear’tails Happy Hour, and Yappy Hour Puppy/Handler Social were just some of the inclusive opportunities available to a wide cross section of ILW weekend participants. Bearracuda brought its worldwide Saturday dance party back to Des Moines for the second year filling the Garden Nightclub dance floor. Sunday night’s Victory Closing Party featured Emmy Award winning actor/comedian Leslie Jordan. Jordan, fresh from his reprise role on the hit show Will & Grace, kept attendees in stitches.

Iowa Leather Weekend featured eight KINK U workshops and demonstrations, sponsored by Titans of the Midwest. Sessions ranged from current political and community action opportunities facilitated by One Iowa to techniques to improve fetish play skills.  The puppies closed out the afternoon with an energetic mosh.

Iowa Leather Weekend is made possible by the sponsors: The Blazing Saddle, The Garden Nightclub, Le Chateau Exotique, Leather Masters, Leather Man NYC, Twin Cities Leather & Latte, Titans of the Midwest, Corn Haulers L&L, The Capital Bears,, Pjur Lube, CLAW, Coit Photography, The Saloon, Everett Allen Photography, Bud Light/Doll Distro, Magic Beard Creative, Great Lakes Den, Rough Trade Gear, Capital City Pride, The Lion’s Den, The Project, MNLP, Bearracuda, Chicago Puppy Patrol, The Atons of Minneapolis, Polk County Public Health, North Star Kennel Club, Blue Max MC, Bulldog Custom Leather, and One Iowa. THANK YOU for all your support!

The Marriott – Downtown Des Moines will be the ILW 2018 host hotel. Hotel reservations and weekend packages for ILW2018 will be on sale soon at Thanks to all who attended ILW 2017 and see you next October 12th-14th for Iowa Leather Weekend 2018!

Rob Anderson
Director of Marketing, Iowa Leather Weekend