New Mr. Midwest Leather and Midwest Puppy named

Midwest Leather Contest Mike Prater (far left) producer about to announce the winner of this year’s contest at JJ’s Clubhouse in St. Louis. (Photos by Daddy Tom)

ST. LOUIS — Adam Heusinkveld of Chicago won Mr. Midwest Leather 2017 and Pup Axel, Cleveland Puppy 2017, won Midwest Puppy 2017 this past weekend in St. Louis.

The Midwest Leather and Puppy Contest was held at JJ’s Clubhouse, not far from downtown St. Louis. Adam came out ahead of two other contestants: John Owen of Omaha, who go first runner-up, and Pup Chewy of Chicago, who was second runner-up. Pup Xeno of Chicago got first runner-up for puppy. The contest was the climax of a weekend that included classes, dinners and parties throughout the weekend.

The judges for this year were Sir Benjamin, president of the ONYX/Great Lakes Chapter; head judge Jeff Henken, Mr. Midwest Leather 2016; Luck Markstone, Ms. Iowa Leather 2015; Jack McNulty, board chair for CLAW; and Sir Tighearn, St. Louis leather community member. The emcees for this year were Mike Lutner, Mr. Missouri Leather 2009, and Pup Gungnir, Midwest Puppy 2016.

The weekend also included classes held by the Titans of the Midwest, a judge’s dinner at Blue Ocean and a victory brunch.

Adam will go on to represent the region at International Mr. Leather in Chicago next May and Axel will compete at IPTC in St. Louis.

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