A Labor Day tradition, the Muscle Beach Championships bodybuilding and figure contest is scheduled Monday, September 1st, at the Venice Beach Recreation Center, 1800 Ocean Front Walk.

Men and women bodybuilders from around the U.S. and other nations plan to compete in the event, which is the third Venice Beach bodybuilding and figure competition this year. Contests are also held Memorial Day and July Fourth weekends.

Among the features of the Labor Day event this year is the release of 20 doves during the welcoming ceremony in honor of longtime Marina del Rey resident Helen O’Niell, who died August 10th. She had been Venice Beach Recreation Center Park Advisory Board president.

O’Niell, a former columnist for The Argonaut newspaper, was a strong supporter of the bodybuilding competitions at Venice Beach, said event promoter Joe Wheatley.

Certificates paying tribute to O’Niell will be given by the Office of City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

Anyone interested in participating in the bodybuilding and figure competitions can enter for a registration fee of $75 per participant. Spectators are welcome and will be admitted at no charge.

Event day registration is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m., with prejudging starting at 10 a.m. A welcoming ceremony is scheduled at 1 p.m., followed by the finals in each division. At the conclusion of the competition, live music will be performed into the evening.

Sara Hirsch Clark, who was the second “Miss Muscle Beach” in 1948, will be inducted into the Muscle Beach Venice Hall of Fame and added to the Walk of Fame that surrounds the weightlifting pen.

Clark is expected to attend to mark the 60th anniversary of her achievement, which occurred at the original Muscle Beach site in Santa Monica.

Joe Wheatley Productions is presenting the event in conjunction with the Department of Recreation and Parks and Bodybuild ing.com/.

Information about the Muscle Beach Championships, the Hall of Fame, or the Walk of Fame, (310) 399-2775.