On 7-7-07 in the middle of east Texas bodybuilding came to Conroe Texas with a bang in the form of the first annual NPC Iron City Branch Warren bodybuilding,figure and fitness competition. Veteran NPC Promoter Brian Dobson decided to take a chance on this location after being told he couldnt have another show in the already saturated market of Dallas /Ft.Worth where both he and Branch Warren are based.
With Houston just 45 minutes south of Conroe both Brian and Branch were confident it would be a success. Ninety athletes agreed and came from all over the Lone Star state ,Oklahoma and Arkansas to compete for this prestigious title at the Lone Star expo in Conroe.
Folks started lining up at 5:30 for the evening show and the Open Door ministry Christian rock band "Joshua rising" rocked the house till 7pm when emcee Rex Gabriel took over and got the show rolling for the 1000 in attendance.
First guest poser was Ronnie Coleman classic overall winner Odis McCullough in fine condition as he prepped for the NPC team Universe. Next up was Dexter Jackson who thrilled the crowd with his beautiful symmetry and graceful posing and last but certainly not least the contests namesake Branch Warren who was still in decent condition after a month of hardcore eating after getting off his 8 month long diet.Branch is a beast at 275 # at 5'6".
All the classes were well represented and look for this show to be a regional qualifier next year. Special thanks to Iron City Gym, Steroidfree.com, Joey Petrazulla of netbreeze.com, Nutrition Depot, Gaspari nutrition, Met-Rx, Mo's muscle cars, House of Pain, Europa, Bodytalk, Bodybuilding.com, Metroflex Gym and all the other sponsors who made this event possible.