New Tri-State Leather winners announced

Tri-State Leather Pup 2016, Pup Scorpio, and Mr. Tri-State Leather 2016, Tyler. (Photo courtesy of Pup Dozor)

Inside Friday night at the On Broadway bar. (Photo courtesy of Pup Dozor)

Inside Friday night at the On Broadway bar. (Photo courtesy of Pup Dozor)

CINCINNATI – This weekend the town most known for the infamous WKRP ‘Turkey Drop’ this time of year was the scene of the 7th Tri-State Leather Contest in this its second incarnation. Producer Ron Clemmons and staff did not disappoint with a superb contest location and an attendance well into the hundreds. Tyler Fig won Mr. Tri-State Leather 2016 and Pup Scorpio won Tri-State Puppy 2016.

The event started off Friday night with a cocktail hour on the 28th floor where the attendees could choose between a large sippy ball to hold even more cocktails in or a book on how to pick up tricks or be one yourself. Surprisingly there were more drink balls left on the table than books. Inside at the cocktail hour there was probably the most diverse group of individuals I have seen yet at a mainly gay male contest, all interacting with each other. This reporter was not there long due to a fear of heights moved him on to the meet and greet at the On Broadway bar.

Shane and Gio during their Food play/Sex with food class as part of the Kink U. (Photo courtesy of Anna Hickman)

Shane and Gio during their Food play/Sex with food class as part of the Kink U. (Photo courtesy of Anna Hickman)

One could literally say that the entire bar was packed with the favorable weather helping. It was nice to see old friends and make new ones. The atmosphere was jovial as the local Sisters sold cigars and others were trying again to use my height for the boots to X raffle ticket measurements. As usual shenanigans prevailed such as multiple people of different sexes all trying to go in to the one restroom and use it at the same time. And for some reason there was a convenience store hot dog rotating cooker inside with what I hoped were hot dogs that had been rotating a bit too long.

Saturday started early with quite the nutritious breakfast at the Millennium hotel. Then it was back to the On Broadway bar for seven different Kink U classes organized by Seth Anderson followed by a pup mosh. Sir Justin St. Clair did his class on his previous talk at LA&M on how most Christians are interpreting their religion incorrectly and I would highly suggest you try to find a copy. I left before the puppy mosh because I value my shoes and headed to the Rangers cocktail party. I had heard many things about this club and it was great to meet more of them and learn more what they are about.

The contest was held in the auditorium in the basement of the Cultural Arts Center while the vendor space was on the 6th floor running concurrently. The local chapter of the Sisters started the evening with a blessing written by Bolt and the Cincinnati Men’s choir doing a rousing version of the National Anthem.

The local chapter of the Sisters of the Perpetual Indulgence preforming the blessing. (Photo courtesy of Pup Dozer)

The local chapter of the Sisters of the Perpetual Indulgence preforming the blessing. (Photo courtesy of Pup Dozer)

Tyler and Daniel competed for the title of Mr. Tri-State Leather 2016 while Pup Scorpio competed for, you guessed it, the title of Tri-State Leather Pup 2016. Each had to tell a little bit about themselves, answer a random question, give a speech and help in the auction of their basket. Pup Scorpio was able to secure at least the 70 points to win his title and Tyler just edged out Daniels to take home the Mr. title.

The Forebear’s award was given to Ms. Kendra, Tracy received the Slaven-Barnes Community Service award and Rowdy and David from Chill Bar along with Rusty Lockett received other Community Service awards. Jack McNulty announced that CLAW would start on Thursday with an event at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A Sir Ben of Onyx said that they would be starting a Midwest chapter and that he was to be the President of it.

The annual OINK dance was held after the competition ended close to 11PM and both it and the vendor market were open until 2AM. The next day a brunch was help at on Broadway at 11AM.

“I don’t think I could have asked for a better weekend,” said Ron. “We had such a mix of people and that is an important goal for me. Diversity is one part of it. People feeling included is the other.”

“My vision as the Tri-State Pup is to help pups everywhere realize that just as how they were new to being a pup once, there are other new pups every day wanting to become involved,” Pup Scorpio said after the contest.