Cincinnati Critter

Cincinnati Critter and Handler Weekend

Cincinnati Critter & Handler 2022 , May 13-15, 2022

We kick the weekend off on Friday with a Meet and Greet Block Party and your first chance to meet the contestants, at Bar 901 and The Birdcage.  Saturday features daytime Kink U classes and Animal House Mosh that lead up to the evening’s main contest at Liberty Exhibition Hall in Northside.  Sunday’s brunch concludes the contest weekend with time to meet the winner, contestants, and visiting leatherfolk at MOTR Pub.


Meet & Greet

Bar 901 and The Birdcage

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Block Party between Bar 901 and The Birdcage

Contestant introduction



Kink U

Liberty Exhibition Hall

  • 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Kink and fetish education
  • Proof of vaccination required
  • Hosted by Titans of the Midwest
  • Free!

Animal House Mosh

Liberty Exhibition Hall

  • 3:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Proof of vaccination required
  • Please bring proper safety gear
  • Active and chill areas
  • Free!

Cincinnati Critter and Handler Contest

Liberty Exhibiton Hall

  • 8:00 to 10:30 pm
  • Doors open at 7:30 pm
  • Cheer on as the class of contestant pups show their best to become the next Cincinnati Puppy.


Victory Brunch


  • 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Brunch with winner, contestants, and all local and visiting leatherfolk

Venue & Parking

  • Parking

    Street, garage and lot parking is available all around the venue.

  • Liberty Exhibition Hall

    3938 Spring Grove Ave
    Cincinnati, OH 45223

  • Accessibility

    We are committed to making our events as inclusive as possible.  Read more here.

  • Transportation

    Multiple transit options are available for travel between the weekend venues.


Up to ten (7 for Critter and 3 for Handler) contestants will be selected based on their applications.

Additional entrants will be waitlisted and considered if a vacancy arises.
Applications close at 11:59pm on April 29, 2022


  • You must be 21 or older.
  • You must live in the greater Cincinnati area or be able to reasonably represent and serve this community.
  • You must submit your application by 11:59pm on April 29, 2022.


  • The winner will care for the sash during their title year and bring it back to sash the new winner at the 2023 contest.
  • The winner may not compete for another local title while they hold this title.


  • The winner will receive a back patch that they may keep, by Abraided Leather.
  • The winner will receive additional event passes, and swag from our sponsors.


  • The winner is automatically invited to judge the 2023 contest.
  • The winner can petition the producer for sponsorship to the appropriate “next level” contest that they are interested in competing for.

About the logo

After we decided to make Cincinnati Puppy into a more species-inclusive “Critter” title, and add a Handler title to the mix as well, we realized that there wasn’t a commonly known Pet Play or Critter Play flag. Some individual species have flags (pup, kitty, pony) but there wasn’t a flag that covers the entire range of critters. So, we decided to develop one. We drew our initial inspiration from a flag designed by Florida Critter 2019, Aechus Kurendys, but wanted to add to it to capture more of the breadth of the community.

Each stripe represents an environment that a Critter might come from: yellow for the ground and cities, green for forests and grasslands, blue for water, white for sky, and purple for the fantasy/mystic realm of imagination, where cryptids live.

We debated a new central symbol, since a bone is very Pup and a paw print not much better, and ended up that the heart is pretty much the most universal symbol for a living thing.  So even though it mirrors the leather pride flag, we felt it fit too well to pass it up. And that now represents the handler’s love and the affection that is at the “heart” of this community.  

The double C is both for Cincinnati Critter and also that this represents two titles, Critter and Handler.

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