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tdwalker
07-17-2012, 08:47 AM
Both of these contest held this past weekend. Four hours apart.

Why did you choose to participate in one vs. the other?

Slamdunkpro
07-17-2012, 08:59 AM
We choose Gettysburg because it was closer to home, less expensive, & more space.

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
07-17-2012, 09:03 AM
closer to home.

Sledneck
07-17-2012, 09:23 AM
How was Gettysburg contest run?

walrus79
07-17-2012, 09:45 AM
^^Oh, I can't wait to hear answers to that!

Slamdunkpro
07-17-2012, 09:52 AM
How was Gettysburg contest run?
Could have been more organized.

Dan - 3eyzbbq
07-17-2012, 10:09 AM
I though Gettysburg had excellent judges. It was also close to home and cheap.

HawgNationBBQ
07-17-2012, 10:17 AM
I have participated in both.

I chose Gettysburg because it was a two day contest as opposed to three days. While it was almost equidistant for us between Gettysburg and Wildwood, I preferred the open space, easy-in/easy-out, and not sitting in three hours of shore traffic on a Sunday night.

I think the contest could have been better organized but I also feel the organizer had too many things going on at one time for a first year event. By no means would I call Gettysburg a disaster but think a lot of team frustration could have been avoided with timely communication. Next year I will participate in Gettysburg over Wildwood.

BurninTree BBQ
07-17-2012, 10:18 AM
Wildwood. Closer to home and got to go to the beach. Brought the rod and went fishing off the rocks.

paulhuff
07-17-2012, 11:19 AM
gettysburg by far ...... how can you beat a cannon for GC and cannon balls for trophies.....FIRE!

Chipper
07-17-2012, 01:53 PM
Gettysburg as it was much closer. And yes, there were several issues that need to be corrected, and I believe the organizer will do so for next year.
Sunday was a bigger struggle as the Dan, the organizer was unable to attend due to be in a car accident. A few KCSB judges stayed and assisted with the ICS chili event and it ended up going very well.

Big Mook's BBQ
07-17-2012, 05:30 PM
We did Wildwood. Farther from where I live now, but it's a good chance to go back to South Jersey where I grew up and see some of the family. Not a huge fan of the 3 day events, but Friday is pretty chill and easy to load in if you get there early (before 1pm). Plus you can't beat the view from the seawall. I missed some of my BBQ friends who went to Gettysburg this year instead.

smokinturtle
07-17-2012, 06:40 PM
close to home and cheaper

K-Train
07-17-2012, 08:26 PM
Gettysburg. Cheaper, and hey it's Gettysburg and I'm a history guy.

Kit R
07-18-2012, 11:00 AM
Gettysburg. Cheaper, closer and my family connection to the battle was a big draw. Also, the 20' x 20' limit for Wildwood would've knocked us out for the trailer. After competing, I have some observations on how Gettysburg was run, but that's a different issue than why we chose one over the other.

Jacked UP BBQ
07-18-2012, 03:00 PM
Wildwood is a cluster ****, for a place that has gone on for so many years they dont have their **** together either. I didnt go to gettysburg, because three hours from me in troy NY there is one of the best organized comps in the Northeast.

BurninTree BBQ
07-18-2012, 03:02 PM
Everyone keeps saying cheaper. How much was Gettysburg to get in? The payout was only $3450.00. Wildwood was $250.00 to get in with a payout of $9200.00

twinsfan
07-18-2012, 03:06 PM
Everyone keeps saying cheaper. How much was Gettysburg to get in? The payout was only $3450.00. Wildwood was $250.00 to get in with a payout of $9200.00

$125, we paid $50 for the non-KCBS and ended up with the big guys.

Kit R
07-18-2012, 03:45 PM
Yep we paid $125 to get in, finished 4th overall and went home with $25 in cash. Actually we went home with no cash because I spent it on a chili dog and beers at Appalachian Brewing on Saturday night.

slowerlowerbbq
07-18-2012, 08:50 PM
Wildwood is a cluster ****, for a place that has gone on for so many years they dont have their **** together either. I didnt go to gettysburg, because three hours from me in troy NY there is one of the best organized comps in the Northeast.

Unless you're talking about loading in and loading out, I would have to disagree. We've done Wildwood the past 2 years and found no problems whatsoever in the organizing. Communication was great, everything went off on time, no problems with power or water. The strict 20x20 spots are a little disappointing, but considering they are cramming 65+ teams into that parking lot, it could and should be way worse than it is. They must be doing something right if there is a waiting list every year. It was an added advantage for us to make an extended weekend at the Shore with the family this week. We'll be back again next year.

To each his/her own, I suppose.

Pig Headed
07-18-2012, 08:58 PM
I agree, other than the tight spots, we have no issues with the organizers or the competition. In fact, this year was very smooth. We'll be back.

Brauma
07-18-2012, 09:18 PM
I chose Gettysburg because it was a two day contest as opposed to three days. While it was almost equidistant for us between Gettysburg and Wildwood, I preferred the open space, easy-in/easy-out, and not sitting in three hours of shore traffic on a Sunday night.

Yep, I had to look it up.

Just Smokin' Around
07-18-2012, 09:39 PM
We did Gettysburg because it was close and entry fee was half normal ($125), but, so were the payouts.

The guy did WAY TOO MANY things for a first year contest - Friday Anything butt. Saturday 4 wing categories, 2 Peoples Choice events and the KCBS event. Sunday 4 grilled cheese categories, ICS chili comp and I think there were some chili peoples choice events. I mean, really - 4 grilled cheese categories. The cooks meeting for the wings contest was scheduled for 12:30 on Saturday - okay, I'm doing ribs and not thinking of wings. Water and ice were issues. Fortunately, I brought a lot of my own.

On the positive side, big spaces - 24 x 40 - loved it. Easy in and out, not very expensive and 40 minutes from home.

I might do it next year. But, the organizer needs to get his act together. Kind of messed up this year. The dates were advertised as July 14/15, so I signed up. Didn't look at the dates close enough and realized I had to be there on the 13th, wedding anniversary :loco: Fortunately, wife is pretty understanding after 27 years of putting up with me. Next year, the 13th is the Saturday.

SmokinGuitarPlayer
07-18-2012, 11:51 PM
Gettysburg. My motorhome is where I do all the work and at wildwood I could not have it at the site so that is that. Yes, Gettysburg could have been organized a LOT better .. like having the services there (Electric etc. ) when the event starts instead of scrambling etc. etc. But it is a nice site and we will return next year probably. Is it possible that I won more cash than Kit? I guess it's time to order that Ferrari :-)

Scottie
07-19-2012, 08:05 AM
I though Gettysburg had excellent judges. It was also close to home and cheap.



Judges sucked. I think that is reflected in the scores.... ;)

It was a typical first year contest. Some bumps in the road and them trying to do too much. But overall it was a good contest. The location of the judging tent was spot on....