For far too long, there has been a void in competitive bodybuilding in Kern County.
And longtime local bodybuilder Dominick DiBetta has decided to put an end to that.
Five months of tireless work by DiBetta will come to fruition next weekend in high definition, of the physical variety.
DiBetta's project, the first Mr. and Miss Central California and Kern County Bodybuilding Championships, are set for Saturday at Harvey Auditorium, 2141 G St., on the east side of the Bakersfield High campus.
"People put a lot of hours and years into building their bodies," DiBetta said. "(Spectators) can see how they sculpt their bodies, and get inspired themselves by how (the competitors) perform and how they look."
DiBetta said the competition will be the first of its kind in Bakersfield, and he plans to make it an annual event.
Prejudging will start at noon, with the main event slated for 6 p.m. Tickets, purchased in advance at local Max Muscle and Body Exchange locations, as well as the Strength and Health gym at 21st and V streets, start at $5 for the pre-judging event and $15 for the main competition, and go up to $30 for VIP seating. The prices go up by $5 on Saturday.
Bodybuilders interested in competing can pre-register at the Naturalbodybuilding.com website, and must be a International Natural Bodybuilder Association member.
This will be a drug-free event. Competitors will be drug-tested before prejudging. Day-of registration will be available, but must be done before 9 a.m.
The competition will be broken down in age classes, and will also include Mr. and Miss Kern County divisions for locals, with trophies and prizes up for grabs.
The event also will feature a bikini show and physique competition, as well as an assortment of product and food vendors.