the events in the us are full of people or not? i just found some local championships for my province and they dont even have more than one guy per weight class
Entirely depends on the group sponsoring the meet. I've been to exactly one meet and there were 60 lifters, arranged in 3 flights.
However, even with 60 lifters, there are so many ways to enter that a lot of trophies get given out. I was in the Masters class (age 45-49), 198# weight class, classic raw (no knee wraps), amateur, male. Surprise Surprise I was the only person in that combination and so I got a trophy, 1st place no less!
The real competition is going on in the male open age category, that's where you'll see > 5 entries per weight class and these guys are trying to win.