|The International Mr Leather Festival has been in full swing since 1979 and is both a conference and competition for leathermen, hosted in Chicago each year. While the conference lasts for several days, the competition is one of the highlights of the event. Speakers, socials, themed events and a leather market add to the activities. Entrants must have won a local or regional competition or have sponsorship from a leather bar, club or business. There is also a second content ? the International Bootblacking Contest, for those who think they have the shoe shine muscle to compete.