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Serious Hog
11-13-2013, 06:31 AM
Most contests we've done have had turn-in areas that were reasonably centrally located to the cooking areas. However, the last few have featured:

-a walk across a narrow, crowded footbridge, followed by excusing yourself through festival-goers and climbing an uphill slope to the turn-in building

-a walk across a huge gravel lot and down a long sidewalk followed by a trek across a city street with heavy traffic (event staff were having to direct traffic to get competitors safely to the other side)

Would love to hear y'alls favorite turn in stories!

Big Ugly's BBQ
11-13-2013, 07:21 AM
My personal favorite........down a hill, thru a 4-way stop intersection, then up another hill, into a firehouse, then up 3 flights of stairs (or the elevator), trying to avoid everyone coming down the stairs at the same time, to the table.

They have since changed it.........for the better.....

TooSaucedToPork
11-13-2013, 07:25 AM
My favorite...

1. Contest at the Agricenter in Memphis...It stormed the previous night...buckets. Shin deep in places. Next morning for turnins you could walk about 6 football fields on the concrete...or 1 by going up a grass hill.
Hill was a very bad idea. Bbq slip and slide. Hilarious to watch. The funny part was there was a member of a team sitting at the bottom telling people don't go that way...they didn't listen.

2. Memphis in May 2004 - contest is a mile long, judging in the center. Huge crowds, you have to utilize blockers and a runner. I was blocking for our entry and this big ole boy was dancing on the right of the sidewalk, then as we passed he tripped. It was the most amazing handoff in history.

The runner turned left, using his back to push against the burly ballerinas weight. As he fell he handed off our box to the left side blocker who spun left clearing the area. Clint, our runner, and myself were both crushed under big boy. Box saved.

GT-Q
11-13-2013, 07:41 AM
BBQ Boogie and Blues - Calhoun GA. About half of the competitors are across the train tracks from turn in. Trains were running about every 25 minutes or so. They were moving fast and took about 5 minutes to pass by. We were told at the cooks meeting that we should know there are trains, there isn't a train schedule, deal with it. We were fortunately on the turn in side of the tracks this time, but they did keep us up most of the night.

Untraceable
11-13-2013, 07:54 AM
Typical MN turn in

https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/64250_457323644342606_401134269_n.jpg

fnbish
11-13-2013, 08:31 AM
BBQ Boogie and Blues - Calhoun GA. About half of the competitors are across the train tracks from turn in. Trains were running about every 25 minutes or so. They were moving fast and took about 5 minutes to pass by. We were told at the cooks meeting that we should know there are trains, there isn't a train schedule, deal with it. We were fortunately on the turn in side of the tracks this time, but they did keep us up most of the night.

This was my first year doing that event and they made the correction to have everyone on one side of the tracks as I'm sure all the teams righfully spoke up. That would have sucked if a train came through the previous year :doh:.

I don't have any super crazy stories. Cleveland GA event in 2012 the walk was between 400-500yds though. Had to definitely add in the walking time.

The one I liked the most was in Kennesaw in 2012 where our site was the closest possible to turn ins as we were 15ft from the door where turns in were. Still almost missed pork turn in too :shock:.

Slamdunkpro
11-13-2013, 08:51 AM
First year Smoketoberfest. Rain, sleet, snow, & high winds with a 500 yard walk up slippery grass hills and you had to either ford a creek or navigate a muddy path all the while dodging hickory nuts that were raining down like mortar rounds.

Serious Hog
11-13-2013, 06:36 PM
Y'all are absolutely hilarious, we really got a kick out of all the stories and pictures! Thanks so much for sharing! And we thought we'd had it bad...

dmprantz
11-13-2013, 09:11 PM
Two years ago in Cullman, AL, I was waling in a box and some one in a golf cart pulled in right in front of me, blocking my path, and let three other runners get out, then took his time backing out before I was finally allowed to walk my box to the table.

Last year in Cleveland, TN, my walk was okay, but the teams "on the hill" did not have a good time. Straight line distance to turn ins was okay if you didn't mind walking through a gulch. The safer route had you walking down a big hill, past two live-stock pens (with a yummy smell!), around the rodeo ring, back up a hill, and right to turn ins.

dmp

CivilWarBBQ
11-13-2013, 09:11 PM
Yeah, I remember that Calhoun event. Our runner had already gone, but Choo Choo Train BBQ next to us was still building their box as the clock hit the mid point of the turn-in window. Just then we all heard the train whistle.

I watched them flinch like somebody had stepped on their grave!

Kennesaw is another event with a long march to turn-in if you are at the bottom of the hill. Some years they have Gators to run you up the hill. One time our runner was on board and the driver got a little too excited turning around, getting it on two wheels and nearly dumped the thing. The next box our guy walked. ;)

Porcine Perfection
11-14-2013, 12:36 AM
Some spots are so far away at The Royal that you couldn't afford the cab fare.

midwest_kc
11-15-2013, 10:15 AM
The longest/craziest one we've ever had is the Royal. Not difficult, but if our box wasn't ready when the window opened, you had to hurry to get there in time.

hedge
11-15-2013, 06:04 PM
Typical MN turn in

https://scontent-b-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/64250_457323644342606_401134269_n.jpg

this can't come soon enough

Jorge
11-15-2013, 07:06 PM
My favorite...

1. Contest at the Agricenter in Memphis...It stormed the previous night...buckets. Shin deep in places. Next morning for turnins you could walk about 6 football fields on the concrete...or 1 by going up a grass hill.
Hill was a very bad idea. Bbq slip and slide. Hilarious to watch. The funny part was there was a member of a team sitting at the bottom telling people don't go that way...they didn't listen.

2. Memphis in May 2004 - contest is a mile long, judging in the center. Huge crowds, you have to utilize blockers and a runner. I was blocking for our entry and this big ole boy was dancing on the right of the sidewalk, then as we passed he tripped. It was the most amazing handoff in history.

The runner turned left, using his back to push against the burly ballerinas weight. As he fell he handed off our box to the left side blocker who spun left clearing the area. Clint, our runner, and myself were both crushed under big boy. Box saved.

Give it up for Barry Sanders.

Serious Hog
11-16-2013, 08:14 AM
Give it up for Barry Sanders.

Our poor Titans could have used Barry Sanders, (or maybe even Too Sauced's O line) in the 2nd half the other night.