The annual Mr. & Ms. Muscle Beach bodybuilding, figure, and bikini contest at the Venice Beach Recreation Center Sunday, July 4th will feature a new celebration this year with the wedding ceremony of a couple that is well-known in the fitness/bodybuilding industry.

Jerome Ferguson, a longtime judge at Venice Beach bodybuilding competitions and a sponsored athlete for Bodybuilding.com, will tie the knot with Marnie Holley, a top fitness competitor and trainer in Canada, as part of the July 4th festivities. Prior to the nuptials, the bride will arrive in a horse-drawn wedding carriage that will travel along part of the Venice Boardwalk.

The traditional holiday event will include competitors from different nations and is open to all amateur athletes at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk.

The entry fee is $80 per participant but is free to spectators. There will also be onsite exhibits from companies in the health and fitness industry, along with educational materials, and giveaways.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with prejudging starting at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m. there will be a parade of athletes and a presentation of colors by a U.S. Air Force color guard, followed by the wedding ceremony of Ferguson and Holley.

The bodybuilding, figure and bikini competition finals will begin after the wedding and continue until about 5 p.m.

Joe Wheatley Productions is presenting the event in conjunction with the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

Information, (310) 399-2775.

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