Rocky Mountain Olympus Leather to hold third annual competition

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The third annual Rocky Mountain Olympus Leather Contest will be held April 20-22 at the Paper Moon, 3737 S. State St. The lineup of events include not only the competition to crown Mr. and Ms. Rocky Mountain Olympus Leather, but also classes and a meet and greet. The contest is a feeder for the International Olympus Leather Competition and attracts participants from surrounding states. Last year’s winner, Utah Rox went on to win the national competition.

“The contest and weekend have really grown and evolved,” said Andrew Love, producer of the event. “We are here to have a great time and to showcase the best Utah has to offer. There’s much more to the leather and fetish community than most people know.”

The competition kicks off Friday, April 20, 2:30 p.m., with workshops designed for everyone, even those who are completely unfamiliar with the leather and fetish community. That night, at 7 p.m., a meet and greet will be held for contestants to mingle with judges and spectators, and their behavior and attitude will be measured throughout the entire weekend.

“We look at what’s inside the person, not just if they’re attractive or not,” Love said.

The workshops continue Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m., leading up to the competition at 6 p.m. The contest will consist of an interview with a panel of expert industry judges and a multifaceted performance.

The Fantasy series consists of acting out a fetish or fantasy. It might include choreography to a fantasy of being a bulky bodybuilder or a French maid, Love said.

“The key is to take it in a different direction and have fun with it. Creativity always pays off,” Love said.

Next will come the Fetish Image portion. This is when the contestants demonstrate a concern for the community. This could include advocacy for HIV and AIDS education and education about the leather community.

“The Fetish Image is not how you look, but how you demonstrate concern for the community,” Love said. “It’s how you carry yourself throughout the weekend.”

Throughout the performances travel baskets with various items are auctioned off and sold by the contestants. The money raised from the baskets pool together to help the winners travel to the national competition.

Each contestant is asked two questions during the Fetish Image portion; one is silly and lighthearted and the other is a serious assessment of commitment to the leather and fetish community.

Judging will be done using an Olympic Scoring System where the high scores and low scores in each category will be discarded. Judges’ score cards will be collected and tallied at the end of each segment of the contest. The winners will be announced on stage at the end of the contest.

The weekend will finish Sunday, April 22, 10 a.m., with more workshops. The classes will be hosted by various professionals and experts from around the nation. For a full lineup, including tickets and scheduling information, go to rockymountainolympus.com.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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