Hilarious Dayton tradition returns after 23-year absence

A Dayton pageant that traces its roots to 1989 is ready to strut once again after years and years.

The Rubi Girls drag troupe will hold its first Miss Rubicon pageant in 23 years on Sunday, May 19, at Club Masque, 34 N. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton.

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Doors open at 1 p.m. with the pageant beginning at 1:30 p.m. A tea dance with the crowning of Miss Rubicon 2019 begins at 4 p.m.

Admission is $25 for the pageant and the tea or $10 for just the tea on the Rubi Girls.

Tickets are being sold on the Rubi Girls website in advance. 

They will also be available at the door.

As in the past, the new Miss Rubicon will be announced in grand style at the Rubi Girls performance.

Joshua Stucky (Dana Sintell) said the introduction is part of the fun.

“For that year, she would reign over the house of Rubi,” he said. “It became such a big deal. It become almost like a tongue-and-cheek parody that it was exciting to be Miss Rubicon. You were kind of the queen of them.”

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Stucky, a co-owner of Square One Salon, was the first Miss Rubicon in 1989.

Several former Miss Rubicons will attend the tea and pageant, the first Miss Rubicon to be held in a public place.

Prior pageants were held at the Rubicon Street house where the  Rubi Girls got their start more than 35 years ago.

Eight Rubi Girls members will compete for the title.

Proceeds will benefit Rubi Girl members Mark Brewer and Kristine Hofstra's AIDS LifeCycle campaign. 

The pair are biking 545 miles for the fundraiser organized by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation  to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Brewer and Hofstra have a $20,000 fundraising goal.

The Rubi Girls have helped raise more than $2 million for AIDS research, prevention and education; LGBTQ causes and a list of charities that includes the Alzheimer's Association: Miami Valley Chapter.

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