CINCINNATI- The Mr. Tri-State Leather and Rubber Contests were held this past weekend, November 08-10, 2013. Producer, Ron Clemons, prepared another wonderful weekend themed “Coming Home to Daddy” to delight event attendees. The event was celebrated at a number of venues, including Below Zero, On Broadway, and The Serpent. Guests were treated to comfortable rooms at the host hotel, Garfield Suites. A new Mr. Tri-State Leather was sashed and it was announced that Ben, Mr. Tri-State Rubber 2012 would also carry the 2013 title.The weekend kicked off with a “Meet and Greet” on Friday night for the contestants and judges at on Broadway. Attendees mingled into the early hours of the morning setting the tone for what would be a weekend of celebration.
On Saturday, classes were offered at Below Zero to attendees which included a variety of topics ranging from Fire Cupping, Electro Play, Rope Classes, and more. A silent auction featured baskets up for bid from contestants with all proceeds benefitting the travel funds for title holders.
Contestants competing for the Mr. Tri-State Leather Contest were expected to present a speech and participate in an interview. Additional categories included bar wear, a jock strap/physique category, and formal wear. Four contestants competed for the Mr. Tri-State Leather title, Mr. Dana, Thomas Jay, Dennis Wood, and Mr. Ken.
Highlights of the evening included emcees Big D, of Lexington, Ky and Brooklyn Steele-Tate, of Cincinnati. Community Service Awards were also presented to the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus and Cheryl Eggleston of Alternating Currents Radio.
The first runner up for the Mr. Tri-State Leather contest was awarded to Contestant #2, Thomas Jay. The new Mr. Tri-State Leather 2013 is Contestant #3, Dennis Wood. The winner was presented with a medallion and title patch created by Abraided of Abraided Leather. Both Mr. Tri-State Leather and Mr. Tri-State Rubber will advance to international competition.
Judges for the contest included Ms. Constance, Producer of Bluegrass Leather Pride; Todd Maynard, Mr. Bluegrass Leather 2012; boy Paul, Great Lakes Leatherboy 2014; Tim Barton, president of the Indiana Falcons; “Doc” Hoskins, Jr, Leatherman of Color 2007 and Founding Father of ONYX New York; and outgoing titleholders Mr. Tri-State Leather 2012 Isaac, and Mr. Tri-State Rubber 2012/2013, Ben.
Ron Clemons announced that in 2014, the Tri-State Puppy Contest to the lineup. The weekend closed with the Sunday brunch hosted by On Broadway.
The staff and producers of Mr. Tri-State Leather and Rubber Contests would like to thank you for your hard work, attendance, and continued support. They look forward to seeing everyone again next year for another great event.