BEEKMANTOWN - Ron Parmeter has been competing as a professional bodybuilder for seven years, and it's been one of his goals to host his own show. Now, that dream has come true.
Parmeter and friend Dave LaClair of Peru have teamed up to promote "OCB: The Uprising," a bodybuilding competition sanctioned by the Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders this Saturday, March 27, at Beekmantown Central School.
"I got a hold of the president of the organization and he granted us the privilege to promote a show with them," said Parmeter.
When looking for a place to host the event, Parmeter said he reached out to friend Ed Cook, director of athletics for the Beekmantown Central School District.
"It's very difficult to get a venue, and they were very supportive," Parmeter said of the school district administration.
After receiving approval, Parmeter said it only made sense to decide profits from the event would go to the Beekmantown Central School Booster Club, which helps the school district with athletic-related expenses.
"We had no intentions of making money on [the event], it was just something we wanted to bring to the area," he said. "And, since the booster club benefits athletes, it was a no brainer [to donate profits to the club]."
With the negative stereotype of steroid use often being associated with bodybuilding, Parmeter said he also wanted to bring the event to the North Country to show kids, especially, that isn't always the case.
"This is a polygraphed event," said Parmeter, explaining those who enter the competition are subject to a stringent lie detector test regarding the use of performance enhancers. "This will give younger adolescents a chance to see what can be done naturally."
The event will begin with pre-judging for competitors at 11:30 a.m. Those competing must check in the night before, Friday, March 26, from 7-9 p.m., at the Days Inn on Everleth Drive in Plattsburgh or from 8-10 a.m. the day of the event at the school. A mandatory competitor meeting will be held that day at 10:30 a.m.
The night show, which Parmeter said would be the show of interest to the general public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Awards will be presented at the conclusion of the event.
For more information, contact Parmeter at 593-0473 or visit www.ocbtheuprising.com.