NPC National Qualifier – 21st anniversary Empire Classic is held in conjunction with the Empire Classic Fit Expo

Updates for 2021 – Due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 restrictions, there are a few changes for the upcoming NPC Empire Classic:

  • Entry deadline has been moved back one week, to April 18th.  This will allow us time to make schedule accommodations if the state requires smaller than normal capacity for this year’s event.
  • Tickets for this year’s Empire Classic will go on sale April 20th, after the entry deadline.  We are hopeful that the show can run in the standard format but if restrictions prevent that, we will know the updated ticket schedule after the entry deadline.

Our goal is to always get athletes up on stage to show off their hard work and make sure they have a great time doing it!  We will do everything we can to make the NPC Empire Classic a spectacular experience for both the athletes and spectators.  There are certain aspects that we cannot ascertain until closer to the event so we’ll update more info the moment we know.

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.​

Entry Form

Host Hotel

The Spokane Sports Commission has secured discounted rates at several hotels in the area especially for Empire Classic athletes and spectators.


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

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Note:  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a definite schedule and format for this year's Empire Classic cannot be established until after the entry deadline (April 18th).  Detailed schedule information will be posted and emailed to all registered athletes at that time.

Check-in times listed below are tentative and may be extended depending on capacity limits.

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

Times and schedule for competition will be posted after the entry deadline

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.


2021 Empire Classic Strongman Is BACK!

This year’s events are:

Coin Box Deadlift – Last Man Standing
Log Press for Reps
Farmer’s Carry
Power Stairs
Stone Over Bar for Reps

Click Here For Complete Details and Entry Forms

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

The Empire Classic Deadlift Championships is hosted by Danna Snow & Spokane Powerlifting

Click here for event details and entry forms  –  Click Here for Facebook Event Page

When: May 8, 2021

Weigh In TBA
Registration fee: $95 (online registration)
Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each weight class

This is a NON-SANCTIONED event this year.
Meet Director: Danna Snow
Registration Deadline: March 20, 2021

This event offers the options of lifting raw or equipped (single ply).

When completing your registration form, you choose your weight class by having your weight be below the chosen weight class. For instance, if you weigh 94kg, you enter the 105kg weight class. Your weight is between 93kg and 105kg.

Weight Classes in kilos:
Women: (43 youth & teen only), 47, 52, 57, 63, 72, 84, 84+
Men: (53 youth & teen only), 59, 66, 74, 83, 93, 105, 120, 120+

Lifting Schedule: The final lifting schedule will depend on the number of entries in specific weight categories. The final flights will be posted after weigh ins.

Awards: Awards will be given to 1st – 3rd place in each weight class

Custom T-Shirts: All competitors will receive a free t-shirt.

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?