Dust off that cowboy hat and boots, partner, and saddle up for this year’s Queen City Stomp. Southern Country Charlotte is gearing up for its annual hoedown, hosted at The Charlotte Eagle. The weekend-long event takes place April 17-19, including silent auctions, dance workshops, dance exhibitions, cocktail and after-hours parties and a barbecue lunch.

Queen City Stomp has become one of several premier events in a growing list of gay and lesbian country western dance and rodeo activities. Growing every year, Stomp attracts people from all over the southeast and from as far away as Washington, D.C., Boston, Houston and San Francisco.

The Stomp kicks off Friday, April 17, 6 p.m., with a pre-party and welcome reception at Hartigan’s Irish Pub in downtown’s Third Ward, hosted by the Queen City Outlaws. Later that evening, the Charlotte Eagle hosts a welcome dance.

On Saturday, Queen City Stomp will present several dance workshops facilitated by instructors from Georgia, Texas and Florida. The Saturday events, including the Cattle Call Ball, will be hosted at the Eagle, along with Sunday’s lunch.

The group annually chooses two LGBT non-profits who receive funds raised at the event. Last year, Queen City Stomp evenly split $20,000 between Time Out Youth and the Lesbian & Gay Community Center. The two groups will again be the recipients of this year’s proceeds. Organizers said 100 percent of proceeds will be donated this year.

“SCC has a long history of supporting both the Community Center and Time Out Youth,” said Curtis Tutt, president of Southern Country Charlotte. “In tough times like these, both organizations really need our support this year. We’re counting on everyone to continue to be as generous as possible to help both of these organizations that mean so much to our community.”

Since its inception, Southern Country Charlotte and Queen City Stomp have contributed more than $68,000 to local organizations, including Charlotte Pride, the House of Mercy, Project HALO and PFLAG.
Those interested in attending Queen City Stomp events can register online. Full weekend passes including admission to all events are $60. The Saturday and Sunday pass is $55. All registration fees are tax-deductible. The event is sponsored by Food Lion, GayCowboyCentral.com, the Charlotte Eagle, Q-Notes and others.

— For more information, visit www.queencitystomp.com.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.