Mr. Virginia Bear Contest 2018


The 9th annual Mr. Virginia BEAR/CUB contest 2018
hosted by The Mr. Virginia Bear Crew.

With our special guest  Emcee 
The Incomparable
Eunita Biskit! 

Cash Prizes for the Winners!
$150 - Bear
$100 - Cub
$75 - Hunter

Scheduled events
Friday November 17th At

 4019 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23504
Bear Happy Hour 
from 6 pm to 9 pm with special happy hour prices and discounts for bears, just ask!
followed by
9 pm to 12 pm!
Come meet Past winners, new contestants and the Judges!
Applications will be available.

Saturday Nov 18th@ 9PM
 Virginia Bear/Cub Contest 2018!
4107 Colley Ave, Norfolk VA 23508
Doors open at 9pm, no cover before 10PM.

All proceeds go to..

For more information or a contest application please click on the link at the top left!
as always, read all the fine print on the application.


This Years illustrious Judges Panel

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Would you like to be a Judge for our event?
are you are a current or past title holder?
do you have a bear/leather event you would like to promote?
do you just like to watch hot bears parade around?
then you could be one of our judges

send your bio with head shot pic to howard@ for consideration
this is a free event so, sorry no air fare or hotel provided. 
if you just want to promote, we can talk about that too. 

would you like to be a sponsor for our contest? 

send inquiries to


Contest Founder and Producer

Mr. John David Elam, Founder.                                                                                                      John David has been active in the Bear and Leather communities for several years. He has held several titles including Mr Kentucky Bear 2008 and International Mr Bear 2009. He is the founder of the Mr Virginia Bear and Cub contest, Mr Crossings Bear Contest and founder/owner of Mr Bluegrass Leather as well as the co-founder of the Kentucky Bourbon Bears and Trident International Lexington. John David was the recipient of the 2012 Henry Faulkner Community Service Award and is a two time Imperial Court of Kentucky Bear/Leatherman of the Year winner  and a two time Pantheon of Leather Award nominee. He has been invited to judge various Bear and Leather events around the including Mr Louisiana Leather, GLLA and Bear Pride Chicago.  John David believes that by working together there is no limit to what the GLBT community can accomplish. "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." Harry S Truman, 33rd president of US (1884 - 1972)
Mr. Howard J. Bunger, Producer, Mr. Virginia Bear/Cub Contest,                                                      
Mr North American Muscle Bear 2014.                                                                                                     
    Howard Bunger is the producer of the Mr. Virginia Bear/Cub contest based in Norfolk, Va. and a member of The Knight Hawks of Virginia Leather Club. Howard is Mr. Virginia Bear 2010, the second Mr. Virginia Bear since the founding of the contest in 2009 and is the current Howard is the current Mr. North American Muscle Bear 2014. During the first few months of his reign, Howard created BEAR ASSAULT! Norfolk’s monthly Bear/Cub and admirer bar night to support the annual Mr. Virginia Bear/Cub contest with a monthly fund raising event. BEAR ASSAULT! Is a social media driven/word of mouth monthly event with no supervisory board, membership roster or dues of any kind (non profit). All funds are used to support our local charities and the Mr. Virginia Bear/Cub contest. Howard’s latest production is BEAR Naked! An “as scheduled” nonprofit fundraising event which provides BEAR dancers for entertainment and fun. The first BEAR Naked! was a great success and raised over $600 in one night! And since 2017 we have started the very successful Bear Bachelor Auction! which raised $1500 in one night,  As Oscar Wilde once said “charity creates a multitude of sins”. 

Are you ready to Stand up and take charge? 
Do you have the drive to be the Next Mr. Virginia Bear?
 Do you want to help your LGBT community and have fun doing it?
Then show us what you've got! 
Download the application and bring your "ass"etts into the arena!