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Docmiller
04-23-2011, 12:12 PM
I am concerned as a past organizer and contest rep ..as to what impact the high gas and meat pricies are going to have at attendence at bbq contests this summer....what like your thoughts...

Ford
04-23-2011, 12:34 PM
For me, I will probably look closer to home. There are some events in MI that I can vend without much travel and I will probably choose those over a trip to Iowa for example. I'm rying to nail things down now for the summer and I'll drive if I have to but a contest with 3k in prize money is going to be hard to justify unless I can also vend and do 2k+.

When I'm in FL I probably won't make those road trips to the AL and GA contests although I will probably do Elba AL this year as I think it will get me into the triple crown invitational. And instead of heading to Pcola and Mobile I'll probably do local FBA events next year. Then again I may setup a roadside stand and quit the contest life except for a few big vending opportunities.

Note that with my trailer I get leass than 10 mpg diesel so a road trip of 600 miles at $4 costs nearly $60 more at $5 it's $120. It adds up in a hurry.

cbagby64
04-23-2011, 01:36 PM
It won't really impact our contest plans but we stay in the midwest for most contest anyways.

Podge
04-23-2011, 01:42 PM
In 2008 when gas hit $4, and diesel was $5, I didn't see any difference in attendance.. Fortunately, this year, most of my contests I'm doing are less than 75 miles from home.

Tim H
04-23-2011, 10:34 PM
We limit our contests to a 4 hour or less drive time. I personally bank roll all of my contest expenses. As long as we operate in the black, that policy will continue. Once our team checking account hits $0 however (could be real soon unfortunately), the current cost of fuel, and its impact on other products will likely lead me to ask my team mates for some cash donations. :doh:

SaucyWench
04-23-2011, 11:31 PM
As judges, it will probably keep us even closer to home. For most of the comps we'll be judging this year, we will drive to the comp, judge, schmooze until awards, and drive home the same day. I actually hate this, because hanging around and getting to know teams is the best part of the whole thing, but adding hotel costs on top of the gas just can't happen as often as it used to.

Scottie
04-24-2011, 08:09 AM
Just have to win more....

sfisch
04-24-2011, 11:11 AM
I just make Spydermike drive. That way I can nap more!

Scott

Divemaster
04-25-2011, 03:27 PM
Just have to win more....

As much as it pains me, I have to agree with Scottie.

As said above, I too am the primary support for the team so if I can find one closer, we would do it. Unless of course it's Bentonville, AR, or Jack. Those I'll find a way to do.

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Stoke&Smoke
04-25-2011, 03:51 PM
This will be tough. There are only two of us, and the wife has been out of work for a while. I think we will be limited to comps within 50 miles, save for 2, Iron Mountain MI, and Arthur, IL. Those will be hard to justify, as Iron Mountain at 5 or more a gallon will likely be a 3-400 dollar gas cost at that price. We've only done 6 the past two years anyway, but fortunately many are close to home.

Only thing keeping Arthur in the picture is...
1)we have our pork to defend
2) I have high school buds that live close by...and
3) It's a phenomenal comp and a lot of fun!

We're playing this season by ear. First two comps (Westmont and Willowbrook) are paid, the rest....we'll see. We have to win here and there to make it justifiabe, as much fun as it is

Fortunately, we have a catering gig lined up for the same weekend as the Willowbrook comp, which should offset the cost of that one...will just make for an interesting weekend!:shocked: Drop off at 3PM, arrival at comp by 5...should be fun!

The_Kapn
04-25-2011, 04:15 PM
We are being really picky.

If an event is over 150 miles or so---it takes a real "reason" why it is special and requires us to go.

Just reality.

TIM

rlncookinbbq
04-25-2011, 04:19 PM
We have a ford 460 in our motor home, and we are going to shut engine down at all stop lites and RR crosings for sure.


Just sayin RLN

worthsmokin
04-25-2011, 08:42 PM
Hopefully win money, and drive in reverse. Maybe we won't use any fuel that way

BBQchef33
04-25-2011, 09:32 PM
We are being really picky.

If an event is over 150 miles or so---it takes a real "reason" why it is special and requires us to go.

Just reality.

TIM

Aside from 2 contests here on L.I.

That would leave us with... about ummmm...... :doh: ZERO.

Rub
04-25-2011, 10:33 PM
Air up the tires to the max and slow down below 70mph. I can pick up an extra 1 - 1.5mpgs doing that.

Bunny
04-25-2011, 10:46 PM
We cut way back because our daughter's getting married and it's totally put us in a financial cramp. We've cooked one, plan to go to chest to chest, and one in Excelsior. That's it for the year. Repping a lot though!

Bunny:roll:

Jeff_in_KC
04-25-2011, 10:48 PM
Aside from Springdale, Arkansas this weekend, last year's travels are a thing of the past. That's why we pulled out of Sam's Club in Baton Rouge. Unless we see a drop soon, we're likely to stay around the KC area (except for MAYBE Huron, SD and hopefully - fingers crossed - Ft. Worth and Lynchburg!).

Pelkster
04-26-2011, 12:38 AM
I only planned on doing local comps (within two hours drive) so the price of fuel won't matter that much to me. I guess that is a nice benefit of the Empire Cup...half of the events are within an hours drive.

Crash
04-26-2011, 03:46 AM
Filled up at $4.48/gallon here today. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise that we relocated to the one state that has no sanctioned BBQ competitions.

I'd still pay the gas prices for a <200 mile contest if we lived on the mainland though.

big brother smoke
04-26-2011, 09:21 AM
After spending 400+ driving to Sacramento, it has got me re-thinking a bit. I remember the distinct feeling of being bent over at the pumps without lube.

Stoke&Smoke
04-26-2011, 10:02 AM
Interesting...it's not that high compared to here! Last time I was in HI the prices were 50-75 cents higher per gallon than here

Divemaster
04-26-2011, 11:15 AM
I remember the distinct feeling of being bent over at the pumps without lube.

See, didn't I tell you to have the oil checked. Oh, wait, maybe that's what they were doing... Never mind

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rksylves
04-26-2011, 03:14 PM
I'm going to try to finish out this year as planned but next year if the prices are $5 or higher then I'm going to put a real limit on the distances. Probably keep it within a 4 hour drive limit. That's right at about one tankful each way if I keep the speeds down.

That will basically mean no more Georgia, Alabama, or west of Live Oak/Perry comps.

Russ

Rookie'48
04-26-2011, 11:05 PM
As judges, it will probably keep us even closer to home. For most of the comps we'll be judging this year, we will drive to the comp, judge, schmooze until awards, and drive home the same day. I actually hate this, because hanging around and getting to know teams is the best part of the whole thing, but adding hotel costs on top of the gas just can't happen as often as it used to.

Pretty much the same here execept that I'm draging my fifth wheeler around instead of the hotel room. Even considering the extra fuel & a spot at an RV park I can still beat the cost of the motel room by a buck or two.

CTSmokehouse
04-26-2011, 11:23 PM
Aside from 2 contests here on L.I.

That would leave us with... about ummmm...... :doh: ZERO.

New Paltz, Hudson Valley, NY

Norwalk,CT

Hey LI is not that far away!!

Yours in BBQ,

Cliff

Dr_KY
04-27-2011, 05:21 AM
Most places here are already 1.50 a liter and it is VERY painful. There are only a few contest in the country and we chose to stay down south.