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gmfire21
06-06-2012, 02:36 PM
Hey Everyone, i have an 1st year event i need to post.
October 13, 2012 - Smoke on the Water - in Guntersville, Alabama.

my volunteer fire department is hosting our 1 annual bbq competition.
we will host the event at Civitan Park along side Lake Guntersville.
this is a 1 day event, a back yard type competition. we are only having 2 catergories : pork ribs (no country style) and chicken.
team entry fee is $100 per 12'x12' spot. team must provide their grill / smoker, meats, and any other items they may need to compete.
meat cannot be pre-cooked or flavored before meat inspection on the day of event.

Also having a Kids Q section. hamburgers - 80/20 only.
$25 entry fee per kids team.

$2700 cash in payouts

for more info or for vendor/sponsor opportunities, just email us gmvfd@yahoo.com

thanks , Brandon Brown - Georgia Mtn VFD

gmfire21
06-07-2012, 11:19 AM
anyone have any suggestions or input on advertising in media early for teams . vendors? what works the best

Jaybo77
06-07-2012, 12:54 PM
$$$$$$$$$$$

gmfire21
06-07-2012, 04:42 PM
$$$$$$$$$$$
this is true. thanks . haha

Gowan
06-07-2012, 04:43 PM
Congrats on your event! We need more of these backyard shows.

I wouldn't spend too much time or money on advertising beyond your local media - your prize money isn't enough to pull cooks from more than a county away.

gmfire21
06-07-2012, 07:01 PM
Congrats on your event! We need more of these backyard shows.

I wouldn't spend too much time or money on advertising beyond your local media - your prize money isn't enough to pull cooks from more than a county away.

thats what i was thinking. since it is our 1st year, we are trying to start small. i only have room for 50 teams in adult and about 30 teams in the kids q. payout breakdown is as follows.

ribs 1st = 500 2nd =300 3rd = 200
chicken 1st = 500 2nd =300 3rd =200
kids q 1st = 100 2nd = 75 3rd = 50
Grand Champion (riibs / chicken) is 500.

i would love to give more prize $, maybe next year if were successfull this year we can. thanks for the input, lord knows i will take all the input i can get .:-P

Jaybo77
06-07-2012, 08:23 PM
Have u posted it on the Alabama BBQ trail. We do a lot of the comps on this trail. There several on the trail around u.

stevenw106
06-07-2012, 09:17 PM
Would this be good one for first timer usimg udss gona have to put green in turn in box this is not but about hour from house keep info coming

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Pigs on Fire
06-08-2012, 09:58 AM
Brandon,

Thanks for putting this together. You've gotten some good advice from CivilWarBBQ. I might add for you to try to get a simple web site made up, describing the event, date, etc. For goodness sake, please don't use a dark blue or lime green background with bright red or yellow text.

Then you can setup a Facebook page, link to the website and also post on your's and the Event's Facebook page with a link to the website. Hopefully people will share it or talk about it and cross-post and link to it at other forums.

You might get Channel 19/31/48 to mention it during their "local happenings" in their newscast. I think this might only occur on Saturday mornings, but I'm not sure. I know Robert Reeves from WHNT is a Judge at the Jack and might take an interest in doing some extra promotion for it.

Now, allow me to step up onto my soapbox:

I mistakenly chose to do a "little backyard type competition" in Fort Payne last September. I used to live there and we still have a residence there. It was a neat deal where it could be just me and my 12 yo daughter there cooking. As I'm sure you aware in these smaller towns, there's generally a group of folks that "run things". No different in this severely UN-organized competition, SSDD.

There appeared to be somewhat of some minor organization as far as rules, but turn-in times were "around 2:30 pm"... Meaning the person who was in charge of judging walked around and basically said "go ahead and turn in your ribs". There was no clock, no 3rd party to accept boxes, no turn-in window, etc.

Chicken was strictly 1/2 a chicken and I'm not sure if they specified a maximum number of ribs, but I believe the minimum number was 6. I put 8 in the box to somewhat fill it up.

At the end, there were no scoresheets handed out nor was there a single scoresheet with the complete tally. They stood in the middle of the circle of teams, called 3rd, 2nd, 1st in Chicken and Ribs, handed the scoring tally sheet (handwritten) to someone and walked off. The teams had to stand there and look at all the cumulative scores and then figure out the placing in each category.

No halfway formal stage presentation, etc. There was a significant crowd from "the public" standing around the circle....meaning there was an "audience" that was there to see the awards.

There's no sour grapes here but it was very disappointing to see 2-3 teams that run with the "in" crowd in Fort Payne take home all of the money.

What I'm saying...don't let the jackhole local politicians and their cronies get in it and select the winners before Friday morning. If you don't have a game plan together for scoring, producing score sheets (to give to the teams) and a halfway decent awards ceremony planned, do so. Feel free to PM me and I will be glad to give advice.

I might even try to do this. I'd love to have my daughter to the chicken and ribs on her own with me just there to get stuff set up. Unfortunately, it is the same date as a KCBS competition here in the Atlanta area...

mike101prf
06-09-2012, 09:00 AM
Does the Alabama BBQ trail website still exist? Everytime I try to pull it up I get nothing

gmfire21
06-10-2012, 07:58 PM
yeah i cant pull up alabama bbq trail either. we do have the event listed on facebook. it on
Friends of georgia mountain vol. fire/rescue page, or you can find it from my facebook page. (brandon brown) .

as far as locals running the event. well that would be me. i already have about 10 judges, looking for several more. we will have score sheets and make formal winner announcements on the stage before the free concert. right now we are accepting teams, but my question is, are we starting too early for an october event?

gmfire21
06-10-2012, 07:59 PM
also i already have 9 teams entered. i only have room for 50 adult teams and 30 kids q teams. thats kinda why i wanted to start so early. input please

Gowan
06-11-2012, 12:34 AM
It's never too early to start a BBQ competition - about 14 months out is a good mark if you plan on recruiting sponsors. Advertising is a different story. Start your word of mouth and free Internet stuff 3 months in advance to give teams a chance to get you on their schedule, then at about the 3-4 week mark hit your public promotions hard, using your local news and papering the town with flyers.

gmfire21
06-12-2012, 09:59 AM
It's never too early to start a BBQ competition - about 14 months out is a good mark if you plan on recruiting sponsors. Advertising is a different story. Start your word of mouth and free Internet stuff 3 months in advance to give teams a chance to get you on their schedule, then at about the 3-4 week mark hit your public promotions hard, using your local news and papering the town with flyers.
will do. thanks for the input

http://www.facebook.com/groups/336727000250/

gmfire21
06-19-2012, 08:19 AM
Would this be good one for first timer usimg udss gona have to put green in turn in box this is not but about hour from house keep info coming

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will do steven. things are looking good :-P

big piggin bbq
06-19-2012, 08:46 PM
i work at the boat dealership in grant, if i can do anything to help or help promote let me know, i will be there.

gmfire21
06-22-2012, 04:16 PM
i work at the boat dealership in grant, if i can do anything to help or help promote let me know, i will be there.
will do. are you thinking about competing or just attending?

hogzillas
06-22-2012, 04:37 PM
You also might try going by Stokin the Fire at Sloss in Aug this year & speading the word to some of the teams there. You might pick up a few that don't know about your contest but there's bound to be a couple that already know about it & are considering it.

gmfire21
06-25-2012, 07:45 AM
You also might try going by Stokin the Fire at Sloss in Aug this year & speading the word to some of the teams there. You might pick up a few that don't know about your contest but there's bound to be a couple that already know about it & are considering it.

thanks, will do. when is that event?

Pigs on Fire
06-25-2012, 10:02 AM
Here is the only Web link I could find http://www.alabama.travel/events/stokin_the_fire_bbq_festival_-_web_submission

But like most internet dealings in AL, this is what you get when you click Sloss' page...

http://www.slossfurnaces.com/stokin/

big piggin bbq
06-25-2012, 11:11 AM
will do. are you thinking about competing or just attending?

i will be competing....

RX2006JE
06-25-2012, 04:31 PM
sloss furnace is august the 18th

hogzillas
06-25-2012, 05:06 PM
As RX said it's Aug 17-18th this year. They've been having some problem w/ getting the website updated but they've been emailing most all people who're on the judges or competitors lists from years past.

gmfire21
06-25-2012, 09:53 PM
i will be competing....
great. do you already have the entry forms? if not, email me
gmvfd@yahoo.com and i can email them or get contact info and bring them to ya in grant. last count was up to 15 teams so far.

big piggin bbq
06-26-2012, 07:25 AM
great. do you already have the entry forms? if not, email me
gmvfd@yahoo.com and i can email them or get contact info and bring them to ya in grant. last count was up to 15 teams so far.

i have them and have 2 others that will be signing up too so far...

mike101prf
06-26-2012, 08:47 AM
sloss has some of the dumbest rules, so we are out of it for the next three years
the other contest sounds fun

gmfire21
06-26-2012, 09:12 AM
sloss has some of the dumbest rules, so we are out of it for the next three years
the other contest sounds fun
do tell ?? hope none of our rules scare ppl away. we are new to this, only rule we have had a buncha flack about is no gas grills. we are sticking to charcoal/wood only and i have never seen so many people whine and cry. i just tell them sorry. haha

gmfire21
06-26-2012, 09:14 AM
i have them and have 2 others that will be signing up too so far...
thats great. we really appreciate the help. all the procedes go to our volunteer fd and relay for life.

gmfire21
07-05-2012, 11:21 AM
team count rising. nearly 1/2 full already. thanks everyone

twinsfan
07-05-2012, 09:46 PM
Also, might be too late, but expand the Kids Que program. As a junior, I'm gonna skip it or enter the adults if it's something pointless like burgers. Add shortish cook items like ribs and chicken for kids, if you want that category to be taken seriously. Good luck though!

gmfire21
07-08-2012, 11:39 AM
Also, might be too late, but expand the Kids Que program. As a junior, I'm gonna skip it or enter the adults if it's something pointless like burgers. Add shortish cook items like ribs and chicken for kids, if you want that category to be taken seriously. Good luck though!

thanks. will look at that next year.

gmfire21
07-17-2012, 10:36 AM
You also might try going by Stokin the Fire at Sloss in Aug this year & speading the word to some of the teams there. You might pick up a few that don't know about your contest but there's bound to be a couple that already know about it & are considering it.
would love to go to this event, already have a bbq fundraiser that day in guntersville.

Gowan
07-17-2012, 06:23 PM
Also, might be too late, but expand the Kids Que program. As a junior, I'm gonna skip it or enter the adults if it's something pointless like burgers. Add shortish cook items like ribs and chicken for kids, if you want that category to be taken seriously. Good luck though!

I'm curious about this post. Why do you think burgers are "pointless" for Kids Que? I thought the motive behind Kids Que was to encourage youngsters to cook something on a grill that wasn't too intimidating, and burgers seem like they would be accessible to even the youngest kids.

I'm not busting on you here, just wondering why you think this way as an organizer considering adding Kids Que to an event next year.

gmfire21
07-26-2012, 08:51 AM
I'm curious about this post. Why do you think burgers are "pointless" for Kids Que? I thought the motive behind Kids Que was to encourage youngsters to cook something on a grill that wasn't too intimidating, and burgers seem like they would be accessible to even the youngest kids.

I'm not busting on you here, just wondering why you think this way as an organizer considering adding Kids Que to an event next year.

i agree, we thought burgers were good for the kids to get familiar with the cooking process.

gmfire21
07-26-2012, 01:50 PM
team update : was at 20, now down to 16. boo

gmfire21
08-07-2012, 09:36 AM
update : we now have room for RV or camper spots if needed. must be self sustaining, no power or water at rv sites.

gmfire21
08-30-2012, 03:27 PM
hey all. we still have room for more teams. entry deadline is now october 1st. thanks

big piggin bbq
09-17-2012, 10:00 AM
how much are the rv spots?

VineyardSwinesBBQ
09-18-2012, 07:10 PM
yeah i cant pull up alabama bbq trail either. we do have the event listed on facebook. it on
Friends of georgia mountain vol. fire/rescue page, or you can find it from my facebook page. (brandon brown) .

as far as locals running the event. well that would be me. i already have about 10 judges, looking for several more. we will have score sheets and make formal winner announcements on the stage before the free concert. right now we are accepting teams, but my question is, are we starting too early for an october event?
The Alabama BBQ Association website is www.alabamabbqassociation.com (http://www.alabamabbqassociation.com). I definitely think it would be worth your time to try and get Smoke on the River on the Trail. It will also probably bring in more backyard teams too since only the competitions on the trail contribute to teams' overall state standings.

big piggin bbq
10-10-2012, 01:27 PM
anyone here going to this? i am

powerpig
10-10-2012, 05:35 PM
anyone here going to this? i am

Yep, we will be there. Just moved to Guntersville this past Jan. and we will spend the rest of our lives there. What a great place and great people!

I'm flying back from Vermont tomorrow just to get ready.

I was going to enter my Classic Ferrari in the car show that goes along with the comp, but it doesn't look like it will be ready in time.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!