Buff bodies on display at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside
By Joe Nelson
RIVERSIDE >> Chiseled bodies coated with artificial tan and body oil packed the Fox Performing Arts Center on Saturday during the NPC West Coast Classic Bodybuilding Competition and Fitness Expo.
More than 350 athletes participated in Saturday’s event, which was expected to draw between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators, said NPC West Coast Classic producer Chris Minnes.
“There’s no other event in Southern California this large except for the Lou Ferrigno Legacy, which takes place in Palm Springs in November,” Minnes said Saturday, standing in the expo hall amid dozens of vendor booths.
The event featured a free health expo from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with about 50 vendor booths, and an evening bodybuilding competition on the theater stage. Celebrity bodybuilders also made appearances, including Oksana Grishina, Jerome “Hollywood” Ferguson, Sergio Oliva Jr., and Brad “Front” Row.
A female competitor gets spray tanned backstage prior to competing in the NPC West Coast bodybuilding competition at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside on Saturday, June 17, 2017. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)
Trainer Kim Ford performs nerve assists on competitor Joseph Emerson, of Irvine, during the NPC West Coast bodybuilding competition and Expo at Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Emerson is competing in the Men’s Classic Physique competition. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)