Updates: Covid 2020-2021 Event Announcements

End of the Olympus Leather Contest?

From the desk of Vonn Tramel, Owner Olympus Leather

In May of 2019 Olympus Leather Hosted some fantastic folks in Chicago for Olympus Leather Weekend 2019.  Among them was Laura Antoniou who was kind enough to take my money and give a keynote address of her choosing "whether I liked what she had to say or not".  Little did she know, that I had been pondering some of the things she had to say. 

Why weren't events focusing on artists and authors?  Why were events SOOOOO focused on "just contests"? After all, titleholders "should" be doing SOMETHING...What were they actually doing?  I'd been having trouble answering that very question for the 6 years I'd been involved with Olympus Leather beyond traveling, teaching (teaching what?), and raising money (for what and did I KNOW the charities were getting their money? and that raised more questions than I had time to ponder).

WELP....2020 gave me A LOT of time to think about whether or not a pageant was the way to continue.  December 31, 2020, I made the decision and put out the word to Regional and Local Olympus Leather Producers that we were killing the pageant system as we knew it.  I have ideas.  Ideas for the way we pick future titleholders, the way we present our events, the way we utilize this family to promote our chosen charities, and the way we choose our charities.  The whole thing needed a good scrub and re-work.

In February 2021 a group of individuals comprised of Olympus Leather Former Titleholders, close family members, and Producers sat in on the first committee meeting to hear what I had to say.  Some liked it, some are still (as of May) not certain about the changes...I am CERTAIN that we'll come out the other side of this thing better for it.

I'm not ready to spill all the beans just yet, but we have chosen the date for the next event and I hope you'll join us for OLW 2021 Online.  This won't be just another Zoom Conference.  We'll have curated virtual museum displays and vendors marts where you can autonomously stroll through at your leisure, the Leather Quilt will be on virtual display as well.  Performances on the main stage by our community for our community, a special table reading of Laura Antoniou's Killer short "A SPICE Oddity".  NO Contest (this year) NO Classes, NO Auction. Chat roulette...and so much more is being planned!  And it's all FREE.  Registration will be opening soon.



Olympus Leather Weekend, FREE VIRTUAL JULY 24, 2021 Info updated weekly at OlympusLeather.com
 
Midwest Olympus Leather, Ohio - Next event TBD check midwestolympus.com for updates
 
Central Canada Olympus Leather, Ottawa, ON Canada - Next event TBD check centralcanadaolympus.com for updates
 
 
Great Plains Olympus Leather, Dallas, TX - Next event TBD check greatplainsolympus.com for updates.
 
 
Olympus Leather producers have agreed that all events should if not already postponed be monitored closely through September 2021.  
 
Updates about all Olympus Leather events will be at the top of each of their website homepages.

Louisiana Olympus Leather History

2002 Louisiana Olympus Leather Retired, Gulf State Olympus Added

Well, it seems that the Mr. and Ms. Louisiana Olympus Leather Contest planned for Dec. 6-7, 2002 at the Barn will not take place after all. The reigning Mr. Olympus Leather, Butch Arnold, informs us that he has been unable to secure the necessary backing and sponsorships. But, on the bright side, Louisiana male and female contestants may compete in the first Gulf States Olympus Leather Pageant on Dec. 13-15 at the Emerald City in Pensacola. The deadline is Dec. 2 and entries also are being encouraged from Alabama, Florida Panhandle, Mississippi and Texas. The weekend package for the meet-and-greet party, contest and victory brunch will be $45, with an $8 discount for early registration. The pageant itself will be $25 at the door.

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