Beer and contests (i.e. sporting events, beer pong) go together like peas and carrots. Therefore, it just makes sense that prior to Bockfest, Cincinnati’s annual Renaissance celebration of Bock beer, Over-the-Rhine and the coming of spring, that various bars throughout the city would be hosting preliminary rounds of the Sausage Queen competition. Who is the “Sausage Queen?” He/she —the competition is gender neutral — is Bockfest royalty assigned to carry the ceremonial tray of bockwurst sausage in the Bockfest parade. Last year’s winner will carry the tray in this year’s parade with a court of contestants, and this year’s winner will carry the tray in 2011.
This weekend marks the third and fourth preliminary rounds of competition: 9 p.m. Friday at Blue Bar and 9 p.m. Saturday at Milton’s Prospect Hill Tavern. According to the “contest requirements,” in order to compete you must be at least 21 years of age, have an appreciation for bock beer and sausage, must show up on time for the final judging and Bockfest parade, must be open-minded and fun, and must dress up. Registration is open at each venue prior to the scheduled start of the competition. Each contestant will be evaluated by a panel of easily-bribed, expert judges who are looking for personality (a love of bock beer, a sense of humor and a taste for meat), presence (contestant must look good carrying a sausage and have diva tendencies) and talent (whatever “talent” you think a Sausage Queen should possess). The winner will reign until the end of next year’s competition and it is virtually impossible to do anything outlandish enough to strip yourself of the title.