NPC National Qualifier – 20th anniversary Empire Classic is held in conjunction with the Empire Classic Fit Expo

Established in 2002, The Empire Classic has been a popular attraction for the Northwest physique community for almost two decades. The event attracts bodybuilders, fitness, figure, bikini and physique competitors and fans from hundreds of miles away.  In 2013 the Empire Classic was expanded with the addition of the Fitness Expo, incorporating Powerlifting and Strongman events to provide a venue and opportunity for people of all levels of strength and experience to participate. The Empire Classic has something for everyone, whether you are a competitor or a spectator of strength sport.

Tickets available online at the Empire Classic Merchandise Page or at

Entry Form

Host Hotel

The Davenport Grand is the official host hotel of the Empire Classic Bodybuilding & Fitness Expo.  Located directly across the street from the Spokane Convention Center and connected by sky bridge, the Courtyard offers exceptional convenience for athletes and spectators alike.

Use the booking link below or call (509) 458-3330 and mention "Empire Classic" to receive the special group rate of $144 per night.  A limited number of rooms are available so book early!

333 West Spokane Falls Blvd - Spokane, Washington 99201


Important Note:  Competitors should bring their own linens and blankets if staying at ANY hotel for this event.  Please be respectful of hotel linens and furniture.  You will be billed for any damages caused by tanning agents.  We recommend purchasing the “Cocoon Cotton Travel Sheet” which you can sleep in to prevent damage to bedding.

Event Venue

The 2020 Empire Classic Bodybuilding & Fitness Expo is hosted in the heart downtown Spokane, WA at the Spokane Convention Center. 

Spokane Convention Center
334 W Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA  99201
Website: Spokane Convention Center

View Map and Directions

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 7th

6:00-7:00 pm: Mandatory check-in for all athletes at Spokane Convention Center
7:00-7:30 pm: Competitor meeting in auditorium

Saturday, May 8th

9:00 am: Prejudging begins - Men's Classes first half, Women's classes second half
In Order - Men's Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Mixed Pairs, Fitness, Women’s Bodybuilding, Women's Physique, Figure, Wellness, Bikini

5:00 pm:  Finals begin - Same order as Prejudging

Center Stage Tan is the exclusive on-site competition spray tanner for this event.  Click the link to book your tanning appointment today and let their staff of licensed estheticians take all the worry out of getting the perfect stage color!  Center Stage Tan will be backstage the day of the show and have an expert staff to help you with all of your tanning needs. They use tanning products that are specially formulated for the stage and our lighting. We suggest you make your tanning appointment as soon as possible.

Center Stage Tan will also take appointments for hair and make-up services.  Your entry fee does not cover spray tanning so be sure to contact directly and schedule with them.

Trainers may not bring in any airbrush tanning equipment or do any airbrush tanning on the premises!  Any trainer tanning their competitor back-stage or in the pavilion will be asked to leave and the competitor disqualified.  We are adamant about this as the tanning creams/sprays can damage the venue.


The Empire Classic Strongman Challenge is hosted by 360 Fitness North Idaho.   Announcer for this event will be 4 time World’s Strongest Man Magnus Ver Magnusson!

EARLY WEIGH INS:  April 10th  3:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 360 Fitness North Idaho, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 208 E Coeur d’Alene Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

MAGNUS VER MAGNUSSON SEMINAR: April 10th, 6:00 pm – 8:00pm at 360 FITNESS NORTH IDAHO, 208 E. Coeur d’Alene Avenue, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ~ FREE for competitors;  $35 for non-competitors (register below).

Events for this year’s challenge will be:

  • 18” Coin Box Deadlift
  • Log Press
  • Yoke Carry/Sandbag Medley
  • Power Stairs
  • Stone Load

For Entry Forms and Contest Info Click Here

Entry fee is $100 and deadline is April 5th.  Late entries are $120.

For questions, please contact meet director Darla Kuhman at or call 208-930-1972.

USA Powerlifting Empire Classic Hosted by Danna Snow & Spokane Powerlifting Click here for event details and entry forms – Limited to 120 lifters!   Click Here for Facebook Event Page

Powerlifting comprises three lifts: the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Powerlifting competitions may be comprised of one, two or all three of the lifting disciplines. Athletes are categorized by sex, age and bodyweight. Each competitor is allowed three attempts at each lift, the best lift in each discipline being added to their total. The lifter with the highest total is the winner. In cases where two or more lifters achieve the same total, the person with the lightest bodyweight wins. The USAPL Spring Power Challenge is a Push/Pull event and will include Bench & Deadlift, Bench Only and Deadlift Only events.

2020 marks 19 years for Spokane’s premier National Qualifier!  We are excited to offer Bodybuilding, Classic Physique, Men’s Physique, Figure, Women’s Physique, Bikini and Fitness!  This year’s NPC Empire Classic will feature the NEW Wellness division for women.  Wellness offers both Masters categories by age as well as Open categories which are divided by height. 

Photography & Media

  • No video equipment will be allowed in the auditorium
  • No professional photography is allowed.
  • No soliciting of photo or video services is allowed on the premises.
  • No camera bags, tripods and other equipment is allowed in the auditorium. No cameras with detachable lenses
  • Spectators who have purchased a ticket are allowed access to the event with one (1) camera only. Camera must be a “Point and Shoot” camera (no detachable lens)
Mark Mason

Mark Mason


Famed Physique Photographer Mark Mason will be the Official on-stage Contest Photographer and Videographer. Contact Mark directly for further information or to schedule a gym or studio shoot with the following links:

Carl Richardson

Carl Richardson


Carl Richardson will be shooting back stage and paparazzi photos as well as scheduled gym photo shoots.  All of the back-drop Facebook photos for our events are courtesy of Carl.  

To arrange a shoot, contact him by email.

Emcee Kim “Kong” Farrison

Emcee Kim “Kong” Farrison

Host of the Show

Ribic Productions is please to have Nationally and Internationally known Emcee Kim “Kong” Farrison returning to the Big Sky Championships.  For the past 30 years, Kim has brought a fun, entertaining and stylish atmosphere to NPC shows all over the globe.  What will Kim’s suit color be this show?