ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Mr. Missouri Leather will celebrate current title holder Robert Segarra and 37 years of leathermen, Feb. 28-March 1, with all events taking place in the JJ's Clubhouse Annex. Sponsored by Gateway Motorcycle Club from 1983-2013, this event was one of the longest running annual Leather contests in the country that was sponsored by a single leather club.
Terry Laupp (Mr. Missouri Leather 2010) and husband Chad Carroll, founders of the St. Louis Balloon Brigade, now produce the celebrated contest.
The weekend kicks off on Friday night at 10 p.m. with a "Meet and Greet" at JJ's for the contestants, judges and leatherfolk. The contestants and judges will be introduced at midnight, followed by the contestant number draw.
Competition begins on Saturday afternoon at JJ's with contestant interviews conducted by the judging panel. (This part of the competition is not open to the public.)
Also on Saturday, the Titans of the Midwest return with "Kink U at Mr. Missouri Leather Weekend" at JJ's from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Kink U consists of three educational seminars and is free and open to the public.
The contest culminates on Saturday night at 10 p.m. with the Mr. Missouri Leather 2020 and Gateway Guy competition at JJ's (admission $10). The contestants will be judged on Cruise Wear, Physique and Personality, Formal Wear, as well as on their delivery of a short speech to the crowd.
The newly sashed Mr. Missouri Leather 2020 will receive a sponsorship to International Mr. Leather 2020, $100, a title sash and more. Second place will receive $100, with 3rd place receiving $50.
The informal Gateway Guy contest (decided by audience applause) has been a feature of the Mr. Missouri Leather contest to actively involve more people in the event and encourage future contestants for Mr. Missouri Leather.
This year's Mr. Missouri Leather 2020 judging panel includes Robert Segarra (Mr. Missouri Leather 2019), Chuck Braidwood (Mr. Michigan Leather 2014), Cookie (Missouri Ms. Leather), Jawn Marques (Mr. San Francisco Leather 2019; 1st Runner Up at International Mr. Leather 2019), Troy Pettibon (Mr. Midwest Leather 2018), and special guest judge Jack Thompson (International Mr. Leather 2019).
Mr. Missouri Leather 2020 concludes on Sunday morning with the Victory Brunch at Hamburger Mary's St. Louis. Brunch starts at 11 a.m., tickets are $25 and will include two beverages, an awesome buffet brunch and Hamburger Mary's Sunday Brunch Show!
Tickets for Mr. Missouri Leather Weekend are available at Brown Paper Tickets.