“I’m trying to be a good mom,” say Shelley Wagner of Grass Valley, CA, “and I took the kids to San Francisco to meet their, well, ‘Dad’ on Saturday. I picked them up on Sunday, and I heard there was a fair down on Folsom Street. So we went and parked at Costco. And, well, I was horrified.”
Folsom Street Fair is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair held in September, that caps San Francisco’s “Leather Pride Week”. The Folsom Street Fair, sometimes simply referred to as “Folsom”, takes place on Folsom Street between 8th and 13th Streets, in San Francisco’s South of Market district. According to organizers, children are not allowed at the event. Pets are also discouraged from attending.
“If you want to “expose” your child to alternative sexualities, there are other ways to do it read a book, watch a movie, or attend a conference. Our gates and security volunteers will stop you, discourage you from entering and reinforce our policy directly with you (repeatedly). Find a babysitter; and, enjoy a day with your adult fetish friends.” – event website
According to sources at the fair, Ms. Wagner and her two children were a bit stunned by the audacious display of San Francisco’s “leather subculture.”
“Heh, they kinda walked around like Zombies,” said long time Fair participant and sadomasochist demonstrator Van Belder. “I’ve been coming here since 1984, and every year people like this lady stumble into the fair.”
According to Ms. Wagner, she didn’t stay long.
“After about 15 minutes,” continued Ms. Wagner, “when I realized there were no clowns, rides or cotton candy, we left. Fast.”
Gish Gallop reached out to local community leaders to get their response of Ms. Wagner’s actions.
“This is exactly the kind of thing we’re trying to keep out of Nevada County,” said former Board of Supervisor and local contractor Bert DeVos. “This San Francisco filth needs to stay out of the foothills. I think we should put a sign right around Alta Sierra like we did in the 70s telling people to take their San Francisco values back home.”
When asked to clarify what his comments had to do with Ms. Wagner’s mishap, Mr. DeVos questioned, “[W]ho’s Shelley Wagner?”