Bodybuilding competition prospering

Promoters moved show to Convention Center 5 years ago and haven’t looked back

By Linda Younkin Published:

After two years at Lincoln County High School, promoters Gene and Tina Goode knew they needed to find another venue for the Kentucky Open/Kentucky State Bodybuilding Figure Bikini Physique Championships.
They found a home at the Frankfort Convention Center.
This year’s competition will be Saturday with pre-judging at 10 a.m. and the finals at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for pre-judging and $25 and $35 for the finals, and they’ll be available at the door.
“We moved to the Convention Center and started growing by leaps and bounds,” Gene Goode said. “The first year we had the show we had 19 competitors, and I was nervous.
“We were in Lincoln County at the high school the first two years, and we lost money both years. I knew we had to find a new place. We looked into a new center in Somerset. It was a nice place, but we still didn’t have an interstate.”
So Goode did a Google search and found the Frankfort Convention Center.
“We came over, and I was absolutely blown away,” Goode said about the venue. “Frankfort accepted and wanted the show.”
This will be the fifth straight year the show has been in Frankfort, and Goode expects about 250 competitors.
“You can average that each competitor will bring five to 10 people,” he said. “We have people coming from Louisville and Lexington, a lot of people from Ohio, and people from West Virginia and Illinois.
“Every year since we’ve grown about 30 to 35 percent a year.”
Saturday’s competition is divided into the Kentucky Open, which is open to people across the country, and the Kentucky State, which is open to Kentucky residents only.
Goode owns a fitness center in Lincoln County. He and his wife are both NPC (National Physique Committee) judges, but they don’t judge their show.
A team of NPC judges will judge Saturday’s show. NPC is the national governing body for amateur bodybuilding competition, and the IFBB (International Federation of Bodybuilding) is the governing body for professional bodybuilding.
Saturday’s show is sanctioned by the NPC.
Goode said for a lot of bodybuilders his show is the first one in which they’ve competed.
“For their first shows they get a lot of fans — families, people from work, friends.”
Goode is also pleased with the local support his event receives.
“It’s really good,” he said. “Frankfort’s been real supportive. We have a lot of fans.
“As long as the Frankfort Convention Center will keep us, we’ll stay here. We love it here.”

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