(From left) Cipactli Croc Onyx is Mr. Illinois Bear 2017, Michael S. is Mr. Illinois Bear Hunter 2017, and D.J. is Mr. Illinois Cub 2017. (Photo by Ed Negron)
CHICAGO — The Illinois Bear Contests selected their new titleholders this past Saturday at the Leather Archives & Museum. Cipactli Croc Onyx is Mr. Illinois Bear 2017, D.J. is Mr. Illinois Cub 2017, and Michael S. is Mr. Illinois Bear Hunter 2017.
The contest was a weekend event with a meet and greet at Jackhammer on Friday night with the Leather Archives hosting contestant interviews and main contest on Saturday. The victory party was at Touche afterwards. More than $800 was raised for the Windy City Empire’s charities.
The other contestants were Tom W. of Chicago and Michael E. of Peoria.
The judges were:
- Raymond Smith- Mr. North American Bear 2016
- Gerald Cernak- Mr. Illinois Leather 2017
- Slade Travis- Mr. Fetish Jackhammer 2017
- Miguel Torres- Mr. Chicago Leather 2014
- AJ Perdew- Mr. North American Bear 2017
Mr. Leather 64TEN TJ Howard was den daddy and Pup Aries was judge’s pup. Truly Scrumptious St James of Cincinnati was the emcee.
The winners will go on to represent Illinois at North American Bear Weekend in Lexington, Ky. in 2018.