Forget Christmas in July; Try AVN in June

The Adult Video News Awards and Adult Entertainment Expo will always have a special place on our social calendar and in our hearts (and dirty minds), but the last two weeks have seen an influx of practitioners of the subtle and mysterious erotic arts in Las Vegas that rivals the longstanding January tradition. Translation: porn stars.

AVN held a Summer Kick Off Party for the 2011 Awards on June 4 at the Palms. Riley Steele was revealed to be one of the January awards show’s co-hosts, while contemporaries such as Kayden Kross, Courtney Cummz, Sara Sloane, Kirsten Price, Belladonna and Jenna Haze were in attendance. Still, it was the new, barely legal kid in town, the XFANZ Awards, that stole the X-rated thunder, handing out trophies on June 11 as part of a two-day expo at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Awards were given out across 10 categories, based on fan voting. The contest aims to keep the adult film industry honest, free of politics and on the up-and-up. Not that there’s ever any backroom action going on in porn.

An XFANZ afterparty at Wasted Space attracted starlets including Teagan Presley, Sunny Leone and Lisa Ann. The porn industry’s aging mascot, Ron Jeremy, also made the rounds, and in doing so made for the most ironic and giggle-worthy celebrity sight of the weekend: Jeremy spotted eating at the Pink Taco.

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