Bear Runs

Meet In The Middle back for seventh year

Meet in the Middle is back for its seventh consecutive year in Columbia, Missouri, on May 3rd through 5th. 

Meet In The Middle is a yearly event started as a way for the Show Me Bears and the Kansas City Bear Mafia to get together in a mutually agreeable meeting place that was closer than visiting each other’s city respectfully. It has since grown into an event that draws Bears from much farther away than just the far edges of the state of Missouri.

This year Meet in the Middle is bigger than ever before, with more to do, more people to see, and more venues involved with supporting the bear community! This event benefits the community by promoting brotherhood, body positivity, and also raising funds to further the endeavors of the Column Bears.

The Column Bears aim to benefit the Mid-Missouri LGBT community by being charitable, organizing events, and working to break down barriers between LGBT sub-groups as well as between the LGBT community and the rest of the population. Donations and money received by the Column Bears go to benefit not only our members with social gatherings, but also to other organizations that wouldn’t exist without generous donations from ordinary people in our community. 


The host hotel is now sold out, and the Column Bears are excited to announce a second host hotel for Meet In The Middle 2019, the Holiday Inn Columbia-East

Hotel Information: 

Holiday Inn East, 915 Port Way, Columbia, MO 65201 – 573-474-4444 

Group Reservation Code: MIM

You must call the hotel, put a credit/debit card on file ($0 charged until check-in) and mention Group Code: MIM to receive the special contract rates.

***Room Block Reservations Must Be Made Prior to 04/02/2019 and do not include breakfast at this hotel.***

Nightly Rates:

Double Queen Standard Room – $109.00

King Standard Room – $109.00

Double Queen Suite Room – $124.00

Please note that this is a family-oriented hotel and therefore the organizers warn that you will need to behave respectfully as they do not have the entire hotel to ourselves.

There will not be a pool party hosted at this location. Please see schedule for location of events.


Friday May 3rd, 2019

5:00pm – 8:00pm: Cocktail Hour / Dinner
7:00pm – 9:00pm: Free HIV Testing provided by Spectrum Health Care – Missouri @ Yin Yang Night Club
9:30pm – 11:30pm: Bearlesque @ Yin Yang Night Club Featuring Missouri Talent as well as two adult entertainers: Luis Vega and Dean Gauge
11:30pm – 1:15am: GlowParty @ Yin Yang Night Club with Clothing Check provided by City of Fountains Sisters, ShotBears by the Column Bears.

Saturday May 4th, 2019

8:00am – Breakfast (Restaurant options will be announced soon)
10:00am – 12:00pm: Brunch (Restaurant options to be announced soon)
12:00pm – 4:00pm: Outings (Two options: “The Fast And The FURiest” or “The Art Of Drinking”)
3:00pm – 6:00pm: Pool Party
6:30pm – 8:30pm: Dinner Provided by Pitt of the Arch and Column Pub and Prime Timers Mid Missouri.
9:00pm: Bearaoke – Games – Silent Auction – 50/50 Raffle -ShotBears provided by the Column Bears and Clothing Check provided by the Fourth City Sisters (Auction item pickup details to be announced later)

Sunday May 5th, 2019

TBA: Brunch @ Yin Yang Night Club


For more information, visit the Column Bears website and the Meet in the Middle Facebook event

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