Oklahoma Bootblack Contest Rules 1. Mission Each year Oklahoma Ms Leather (OMsL)/ Oklahoma Bootblack (OKBB) weekend, a Contestant is chosen who celebrates the art of bootblacking in the leather alternative sex positive community both locally and regionally on behalf of the OMsL Productions, RRgoL Association. The competition identifies a bootblack who exhibits skills, dedication, passion and personality. They will act as a mentor, educator, a role model and a spokesperson during their title year. We are looking for an individual who can be articulate, professional, and capable of communicating their expertise in leather care and outreach both to leather and non-leather communities statewide. 2. Contest Requirements The Oklahoma Bootblack Contest is open to persons regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity (as long as Contestants are comfortable representing alongside the Ms. Title for the year). We also honor other dimensions of diversity such as race, religious/spiritual beliefs and/or political affiliation. To be eligible to enter the Oklahoma Bootblack Contest, Contestants must be at least 21 years of age by Friday of OMsL Weekend (May 19, 2017) and have a valid form of ID that is current through Sunday, May 22, 2017). Please note that becoming a Contestant for this title, Contestants will become public figures as bran representatives of OKBB. This visibility can impact a Contestant’s personal life and career. Contestants may wish to use a scene name to compete but realize that the visibility of competing and winning the title can bring to light a Contestant’s private and professional life. Part of the fundraising efforts for the travel fund comes from the silent auction/basket and items brought by the Contestants. Contestants will be required to contribute items, which will benefit the OMsL/OKBB travel funds exclusively. It is not about the quantity of items but how items reflect the Contestant’s personality, hometown or region, sponsors and/or theme of the Contestant’s choosing. Contestants are allowed ½ of a four-foot table to display their items/baskets in the silent auction. Once items are dropped off at silent auction, they become property of RRgoL Association for auction or use. Contestants will do the actual set up. Judges will observe the set-up and items and score the items as part of the public image score. Contestants must agree to be photographed and be referred to by legal name or chosen alias (as specified on Contestant Application) in future publications as decided by the OMsL producers (such as the media releases, a video of the contest, on the web, and in internet/print promotional/publicity materials for OMsL). All images are the property of OMsL and the producers. Each Contestant shall be required to sign a photo release. Applications for the class of 2017 are due by April 30, 2017 at 5:00pm Central Standard Time (CST). Consider that the contest is a job interview. The winner will be required to sign an agreement for the title year concerning rules and requirements. OMsL/OKBB Productions, and RRgoL Association will work with you during the title year. A copy of the contract will be sent for review after Contestants complete their application and payment process. 3. Structure of Contest It is a busy weekend and everyone will be provided a Master Schedule. Where and when the contestants need to be for the entire weekend will be included in that schedule. You may also contact the Contestant Coordinator, slave girl marion, or the Den Mommy, Tifany, if you have any questions. You will get their cell phone numbers and emails when the contest weekend gets closer. Contestant Meeting will take place Friday May 19th at the host hotel at 5pm. Judges and attendees can be anywhere in the hotel and host bar and are looking at how Contestants are responding to them as well as other people. Being friendly, open and enthusiastic is contagious. Contestants will also be judged on how Contestants interact with the other Contestants (both OMsL and OKBB). Silent Auction: Set-up (6:45pm-8:45pm): Contestants setup the plan on how to display their silent auction items/baskets. They are allowed up to two foot of a0 four-foot table to display their items at the Tulsa Eagle. No items may be placed on the floor or hung above the table. This setup will be Friday night from 6:45pm-8:45pm at the Tulsa Eagle. OKBB “Fantasy”: Contestants will have a chance Friday night at the Tulsa Eagle to demonstrate their Bootblacking skills. You may pick whomever you liked to sit in your chair and will have thirty minutes to care for a piece of leather (this can be boots, vest, corset, etc). This will be judged will attention being paid to the interaction and how you approach your chair skills. Chair is provided, but you will need to supply your own kit/supplies. OKBB Contestants will be required to restore a pair of second hand boots in the tech boot part of the competition. Contestants will be required to bring a pair of old combat boots to the Contestant Meeting at which time they will be distributed to the Contestants through a random selection. In other words, you will not be doing the boots that you brought. You can purchase these boots on E-bay or at a secondhand store or through any other means in which you can get a used pair of boots. Contestants will have 30 minutes to restore one of the boots for judging. No changes will be allowed to distinguish the boots (such as different color laces). The restoration will demonstrate the Contestants skills. This will take place at the OKEQ at 9am followed by their Interviews. Contestant Interviews (Saturday morning/afternoon): During the interview, the Contestant will use the restored boot to describe the processes they used to restore the boot (5-1o minutes). This may include questions about the boot technique from the judges. The remaining interview (15-20 minutes) may include situational questions on bootblacking, Contestant platform or other related leather care questions or topics. Speeches: Contestants will be introduced on stage and compete in the speech/formal wear category during the opening ceremonies on Friday night at the Tulsa Eagle. Pop Question: Contestants will be introduced on stage and compete in the pop question/bootblack wear during the contest on Saturday night. Brunch: All Contestants are expected to attend the brunch on Sunday morning regardless of winning or losing to support the new titleholder. Winners will meet with the OMsL/OKBB Productions, RRgoL Association on Sunday afternoon to review the contract and begin planning for the title year. The winner will be required to sign an agreement concerning the rules and requirements of their title year to be provided by OMsL/OKBB Productions, RRgoL Association. 4. Judging Criteria Personal Interview/Tech Boot (30 points) – 25 minutes Interviews are open to weekend attendees (note: Interviews are not open to other contestants or primary handlers) as well as the judges and will be held on Saturday. • (10 Points) Each contestant will be asked to talk about and present the boot they restored on Saturday morning during the Tech Boot Session The judges will ask questions so Contestants can demonstrate their technical knowledge and talk about their craft 5-7 minutes maximum). The judges want to see how Contestants present their work and respond in front of an audience (this is not a score on the actual technical skill –see next section—this is about talking about their technique). • (20 Points) The judging panel will then move into an open interview format for a period of 10-20 minutes and ask questions may include (but not limited to) technique knowledge, community contribution, bootblack history and personal history. Technical Knowledge and Skill (10 Points) Contestants will be observed throughout the weekend and judged on their speed, finished product, and how they address specific challenges in shining boots. Contestants will also be given 30 minutes on Saturday morning to restore one boot during the Tech Boot portion of the contest. The times period will be open to the public and be held at the OKEQ prior to the Interviews. Scoring will be based on the judges’ comparison of the boots to its untouched mate and technique and techniques used to achieve it. Judges will score the process stated during the interview in this section of the scoring. Bootblack Fantasy (20 points) To be completed 0n the Tulsa Eagle Patio on Friday night prior to the contest. The “fantasy” portion must not exceed 30 minutes. You may pre-select an individual for this portion of the contest or choose someone in the crowd. Contestant will provide their own kit/supplies, but will be given a Bootblack chair. The Contestant may care for the individual’s boots, vest, pants, corsets, etc. Judges will be looking at chair etiquette, interaction with the person receiving the leather care, and the overall energy of the “fantasy.” Speech/Formal Wear (20 points) Contestants will present a two-minute prepared speech (on any topic of their choice) on stage during the contest on Saturday in their formal leather. This is designed to showcase your ability to get up in front of an audience, connect with them and motivate them! Although mics will not be turned off, judges will be informed if the speech exceeds 2 minutes which may impact your potential score. Fifteen (15) points for speech and five (5) points for formal wear are available. Pop Question/Bootblack Image (10 points) (7 Points) The Contestants will be asked a Pop Question on stage Saturday night. The tweet from the Contestant application will be read as their introduction. Contestants will draw a pop question, be given a chance to read it, then the MC will read it to the audience and the Contestants will have a mic to answer the question! Avoid simply saying yes or no; Contestants should show off a quick wit and spontaneous side! (3 Points) During the pop question, the Contestant will have the opportunity to show the audience and the judges the outfit that conveys their bootblack image! The contestants will have the opportunity to show the audience and judges the outfit that makes them feel sexiest! Contestants will draw a pop question, be given a chance to read it, then the MC will read it to the audience and Contestants will have a mic to answer the question! Avoid simply saying yes or no; contestants should show off a quick wit and spontaneous side! Public Image (10 points) Throughout the weekend the judges will observe how the contestants present themselves and interact with the general public. Whether rehearsing or socializing, the judges will be looking for a contestant with strong communication skills, politeness, a willingness to share knowledge and a genuine desire to help build community (5 points). Your silent auction display will be included in this judging (3 points). The den staff will also observe how Contestants respond up to and during the contest weekend. The Contestant Coordinator will provide a report to the judges on contestant compliance (2 points).