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moocow
08-03-2012, 10:23 AM
It was brought to my attention that we needed a thread for this to so I will start with a few and you guys ad more as they come to you.

1.) Send in your entries sooner than later. It is very hard to plan a contest when you are worried you might not have enough teams. I know of several contests that canceled this year because the got worried they would loose money.

2.) Don't blame the organizer for bad weather! Grass turns into mud in a hurry and they have no control of it. Be prepared and deal with it.

3.) Don't ask stupid questions the have already been addressed in an info packet! If no information packets provided feel free to ask.

4.) Worry about your self, don't complain because somebody's spot is better than yours or he is closer to turn ins than you are.

5.) If you have a problem don't be an A-hole, it won't help!

6.) Don't make the organizer have to tell you to keep it down after quiet hours, you know better. Be courteous!

7.) Offer volunteers water, beer and food. They are doing this for free and you need them!

8.) Judges are our Friends, not our enemies! Invite them into your spot on Friday night and ask how the food was after turn ins on Saturday.

9.) If a contest was good, help spread the word for the organizer. Most of them work there butt off.

10.) Interact with the public, most of them don't know how it all works.

Jaskew82
08-03-2012, 10:27 AM
well said...:mrgreen:

Slamdunkpro
08-03-2012, 11:05 AM
7.) Offer volunteers water, beer and food. They are doing this for free and you need them!

Yeahhhh, no. I don't hand out libations to people I don't know. Volunteers fueled by beer on golf carts or Gators is a really bad idea.

Rookie'48
08-03-2012, 11:22 AM
Way to go Shane! :-D :-D :-D

And a special "Thanx" for you point #8 :idea:.

Rich Parker
08-03-2012, 11:28 AM
We would have a lot better comps if folks followed your two lists. Preach it!

Q-Dat
08-03-2012, 11:41 AM
If I may.....

11. Be mindful that not everyone wants to hear your music as much as you do!!!

moocow
08-03-2012, 01:30 PM
Yeahhhh, no. I don't hand out libations to people I don't know. Volunteers fueled by beer on golf carts or Gators is a really bad idea.

Water/pop before turn ins, beer after! I think that is a fair compromise. It also a good way to get to know people.

gmholler
08-04-2012, 08:16 AM
And, if you don't mind, a bit of a modification to 3:

READ the info packet and/or the contest flyer!

I *know* a lot of the stuff is going to be the same as the last contest you cooked, but every contest has its own particulars - don't be shocked if you find that a contest won't let the cooks leave immediately after awards for one reason or another, you've got to park your truck about a mile from your cooksite, etc. If you still have questions after reading the packet, ASK.

Lynn H.

Babyboomerboy
08-04-2012, 08:58 AM
It was brought to my attention that we needed a thread for this to so I will start with a few and you guys ad more as they come to you.

1.) Send in your entries sooner than later. It is very hard to plan a contest when you are worried you might not have enough teams. I know of several contests that canceled this year because the got worried they would loose money.


Thank you Shane. If I could add, when a contest has a deadline to enter the contest, make sure you have signed up BEFORE the deadline, not AFTER the deadline. Finding spaces, judges, and all the extras for a team that decides to enter one day before the start of a cookoff is very hard on the organizer. Thanks again Shane, you are a good friend.

big brother smoke
08-04-2012, 09:59 AM
13. You are responsible for your guest. Your arse should get DQed, if one of your guest or you for that matter is disturbing other teams due to their inability to hold their liquor and the organizer has to be called. :mmph:

Muzzlebrake
08-04-2012, 10:02 AM
Yeahhhh, no. I don't hand out libations to people I don't know. Volunteers fueled by beer on golf carts or Gators is a really bad idea.

Really?

Well what about the guy that has been lugging away all the bags full of trash and would like to have a frosty one before he heads home? Or the electrician that made sure the breakers didn't trip during the downpour in the middle of the night?

Number 7 doesn't say "get strangers operating machinery intoxicated". Offering a volunteer food drink or a beer certainly does not make for "volunteers fueled by beer"

FashionBiff
08-04-2012, 07:35 PM
If I may.....

11. Be mindful that not everyone wants to hear your music as much as you do!!!

As a spectator that is a huge drag at comps. I do not know what you cooks have to put up with on Friday night so I have no comment. I will say the DJ / team need to keep the volume down a lot ( talk about wanting to cut the cord ) its annoying as heck!

smokeworker
08-04-2012, 09:24 PM
It was brought to my attention that we needed a thread for this to so I will start with a few and you guys ad more as they come to you.

1.) Send in your entries sooner than later. It is very hard to plan a contest when you are worried you might not have enough teams. I know of several contests that canceled this year because the got worried they would loose money.

2.) Don't blame the organizer for bad weather! Grass turns into mud in a hurry and they have no control of it. Be prepared and deal with it.

3.) Don't ask stupid questions the have already been addressed in an info packet! If no information packets provided feel free to ask.

4.) Worry about your self, don't complain because somebody's spot is better than yours or he is closer to turn ins than you are.

5.) If you have a problem don't be an A-hole, it won't help!

6.) Don't make the organizer have to tell you to keep it down after quiet hours, you know better. Be courteous!

7.) Offer volunteers water, beer and food. They are doing this for free and you need them!

8.) Judges are our Friends, not our enemies! Invite them into your spot on Friday night and ask how the food was after turn ins on Saturday.

9.) If a contest was good, help spread the word for the organizer. Most of them work there butt off.

10.) Interact with the public, most of them don't know how it all works.


very much agree.....what about offering Patron to anyone that walks in our tent?....is that over the top?

Fat Freddy
08-05-2012, 07:01 PM
I hope I dont ruffle feathers here but, how bout if you have a generator that is louder than a train maybe keep it closer to where you are trying to sleep rather than close to my canopy I MIGHT be trying to close my eyes under

Butt Rubb'n BBQ
08-05-2012, 08:31 PM
Everybody can find something to piss and moan about.

carlyle
08-05-2012, 08:39 PM
Appreciate this thread. Good companion to thread to organizers.

Really like #8. We are working on that.

Timely team registration makes it easier to match judges to number of teams, even though I understand not wanting to part with registration fee til the last moment.

Funtimebbq
08-05-2012, 09:44 PM
Please add, keep your children tethered or otherwise contained so they do continually run through competitors cooksite. Yesterday one of my neighbor's visitors nearly ran into our WSM while being chased by another child.

Benny

jbrink01
08-05-2012, 11:17 PM
Shane - All great points! Amazing how we as a society have forgotten common courtesy and respect.

Q-Dat
08-05-2012, 11:53 PM
As a spectator that is a huge drag at comps. I do not know what you cooks have to put up with on Friday night so I have no comment. I will say the DJ / team need to keep the volume down a lot ( talk about wanting to cut the cord ) its annoying as heck!

There are only a few competitors with the loud music at each event, but so far we seem to be really good at being put next to them. It puts us in the spot of either having to say something, or put up with it. Sometimes even both.

The bands are a whole other story. I understand that comps are usually part of a festival of some kind, but does the live music really need to be that loud? To make matters worse these bands are usually terrible, and have the mic for the drums turned way up to help cover up how bad the rest of them are.

TomB
08-06-2012, 02:25 AM
Way to go Shane! :-D :-D :-D

And a special "Thanx" for you point #8 :idea:.

Some props to Dave. He actaullay made a point to visit with me at my first contest a couple of years ago. Helped me connect with some other teams to see their set-ups and talked wiht me about comp cooking.

butt head
08-06-2012, 08:08 AM
This go's both ways, to organizer please do not state in your advertising to come out and tast champoion bbq. This missleads the public into thinking the teams are feeding them

Slamdunkpro
08-06-2012, 10:23 AM
Yeahhhh, no. I don't hand out libations to people I don't know. Volunteers fueled by beer on golf carts or Gators is a really bad idea.

Really?

Well what about the guy that has been lugging away all the bags full of trash and would like to have a frosty one before he heads home? Or the electrician that made sure the breakers didn't trip during the downpour in the middle of the night?

Number 7 doesn't say "get strangers operating machinery intoxicated". Offering a volunteer food drink or a beer certainly does not make for "volunteers fueled by beer"

Really.

During the contest volunteers really shouldn't be drinking adult beverages & if I were an organizer I'd be less than pleased if my volunteers who are supposed to be helping return the event site to normal were in cook sites sucking down beers. I've just made it a policy that we don't distribute alcohol unless the person is known to us. If some 20 year old volunteer mooches beers from 10 teams gets hammered, then gets hurt or hurts someone then everyone is in for a world of crap. Food & water is different and we've never turned away a request for water or a hungry volunteer.

Qbert60
08-06-2012, 10:42 AM
I agree! Water is a good thing. You don't want to be responsible for somebody not being of age, or not being able to control him/herself, etc...

I have only been a part of 2 comps thus far, but the one thing I would like to add is, if you are a veteran team, don't get pissy when a newbie asks a question. We are all competitors in this, but if a team forgets something and asks if you have one to borrow, don't act like you are better. It ruins the experience. I will gladly help out another team if they need it. It's part of the fun.

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Sledneck
08-06-2012, 02:02 PM
Don't drive through the crowd during the awards ceremony just because you want to leave

Slamdunkpro
08-06-2012, 02:12 PM
Don't drive through the crowd during the awards ceremony just because you want to leave
That was interesting.

bbqfun
08-06-2012, 05:04 PM
Please add, keep your children tethered or otherwise contained so they do continually run through competitors cooksite. Yesterday one of my neighbor's visitors nearly ran into our WSM while being chased by another child.

Benny
:oops: OOPS Was that any of my crew?

NS Mike D
08-06-2012, 05:16 PM
That was interesting.

In fairness, they were directed to to take that route and were escorted by a volunteer in a golf cart.


That being said, don't put the organizers staff in a position to make bad decisons by trying to leave during the awards ceremony and finding out that your exit ailse is blocked by other teams packing up.

Pigs on Fire
08-09-2012, 10:39 AM
Everybody can find something to piss and moan about.


Well....we could start pissing on the people that cause the pissing and moaning. Would that work for you?