Sports Festival to Debut in Erie This Weekend

11 Sep, 2014

Event to Feature Bodybuilding, Arm Wrestling, Power Lifting and More

The Great Lakes Sports Festival will make its debut at the Bayfront Convention Center on Saturday, bringing with it a multitude of physique, power lifting and performance sports competitions.

Doors open for an all-day expo beginning at 8 a.m. with competition beginning at 9 a.m. Prejudging for the National Physique Committee (NPC) Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini and Physique event begins at 9 a.m. as well as the Crossfit FBO No Excuses Throwdown.

The North American Strongman (NAS) Great Lakes Strongman Championships begin at noon and features five events, including a log press, farmers walk, car deadlift, tire flip and atlas stone carry. PA State Arm Wrestling Championships will also begin at noon, and will be hosted by AMC “Game of Arms” star and World Champion Erie native Dave Chaffee.

The NPC Bodybuilding Finals will begin at 5 p.m. The Festival will conclude with an action-filled NSA Wrestling Show featuring Erie’s own John “Big League” McChesney, beginning at 8 p.m.

Admission is $15 for the Expo and $35 for access to all events and finals. Reserved seating tickets are $25 for the NPC Bodybuilding Finals and $25 for the Pro Wrestling event.

Advance tickets may be purchased online through or at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.



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