About

Mr. Delaware Bear and Cub returns after nearly 20 years.


Our Hostess

Victoria Blair


This year's hostess


Victoria comes to us from Baltimore Maryland. She has been in and around the drag scene for about 25 years and has performed in 7 states and 2 countries.

While she has held numerous titles over the years, none has been more fun and rewarding than Miss Crimson Moon Tavern.

She is drag mother to COUNTLESS hordes of drag children, with no end in sight to her ever-growing family. Victoria believes strongly that it is the more established entertainers' responsibilities to the up-and-coming generations to pass on hard-won knowledge and tips, as well as educating them on the rich history and passion of those who paved the road for all of us on the scene today.

Victoria is happy to be a part of the event this weekend and looks forward to having an amazing time with everyone here.

Victoria Blair

The Return

Christopher Church

Christopher Church


Your 2019 title owner and contest host.


A native Pennsylvanian, Chris Church has spent most of his life in upstate New York but recently relocated to Delaware.

Over the years, Chris became more and more involved in the bear community. Holding multiple bear titles himself, Chris hosted events in all across New York State, from bear nights to charity events, to starting the first Mr. New York State Bear event in 2013.

In the Spring of 2018, Chris and his husband Randy moved to Wilmington, Delaware from Rochester, New York. While enjoying the thriving nearby LGBTQ+ communities like Philadelphia and Rehobeth, Chris wanted to bring the furry fun back to the smaller community of Wilmington.

When not planning the event, Chris designs and teaches color guard across several states and competitive levels, works part time in food service, and occasionally performs in drag, holding his own crown as the winner of the 2008 Ms. Binghamton drag pageant.

History

1999

1999-2000 contests

Double L Bar (now known as Diego's Hideaway was the site of the first major event hosted by the new Eastern Shore Bears group. The Mr. Delaware Bear/Cub contest brought out a sizable crowd last Saturday evening, and everyone cheered on the contestants.

For those of you who arent in the know, bears are usually guys who have facial hair and big hunky bodies, but its easier to be a bear or spot a bear than it is to define one. The definition is pretty loose, and applies more to an attitude than physical appearance.

Owner of Ricks Fitness and CAMP columnist Rick Moore took top honors as Mr. Delaware Bear. Bethany Beach resident and one of the founders of Eastern Shore Bears, Tom Baxivanos, walked away with Mr. Delaware Bear Cub. The event included an interview, bear wear, club wear, and jockstrap competitions.

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2000

1999-2000 contests

The weekend of June 23-25 saw yet another first happening in Rehoboththe first annual Bearapalooza! For those of you who didn't hear about it, the Bearapalooza event was hosted by the Eastern Shore Bears with the support of the Double L bar, and it was great fun!

There were seven competitors in the Mr. Delaware Bear and Delaware Bear Cub contest; four for the Bear category and three for the Cub category. This group of men were very articulate and had things of substance to say during the interview.

The Mr. Delaware Bear 2000 title went to Mr. Paul Redfern of CoBear Contracting Services, Inc. and Mr. Delaware Cub 2000 went to Adam Murta (a frequent visitor from D.C.).

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