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LMAJ
07-16-2007, 07:57 PM
Where is the best place to find out about competitions? I have no desire to compete but think it would be great to go. Are there good websites, any rules for visitors?
Thanks,
L-M

MilitantSquatter
07-16-2007, 08:00 PM
visit New Holland Summerfest in late August... one of the biggest contests in the Northeast.

http://www.nhsummerfest.org/forms.html

Here's a link to the KCBS calendar

http://www.kcbs.us/search.jsp

and the Mid Atlantic BBQ Association that has a lot of events somewhat close to PA or in PA.. most if not all are KCBS events so you will see duplication

http://www.mabbqa.com/news.html


Only rules for visitors, talk to the teams a bit, are to have a good time but try not to disturb the teams between 10AM and 1:30 as turn in times approach.

LMAJ
07-16-2007, 08:08 PM
Vinny - thanks for the info!

KC_Bobby
07-16-2007, 08:09 PM
Here's a link to the KCBS calendar
http://www.kcbs.us/search.jsp


Here's another view
http://www.kcbs.us/user_contest_calendar.jsp

bbqbull
07-16-2007, 08:14 PM
LMAJ going the nite before turn ins is the best time to visit IMHO.
The morning of turn ins isnt the best time to come and visit me.
Im not trying to avoid folks who want to learn the art of Q.
Im usually trying to get my greens washed, sorted ect.
Im trying to get my game presence up and running and really dont want anybody other than my team talking to me.
Not trying to be mean here at all. Just the facts on how I/we think. Everybody does things a little bit different I guess.

Lakeside Smoker
07-16-2007, 08:21 PM
http://www.nebs.org (http://www.nebs.org/)

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
07-16-2007, 08:22 PM
It is a lot of fun to see all the teams - especially Brethren teams, their cooking equipment and their set-ups, but KCBS competitions are not really a spectator sport.

The trick is to figure out when the teams are not too busy to be friendly. Turn in day, is not a good time, for example.

Others in here can give you better advice than I can as to what times might be best to not be in the way.

This is not to discourage you. It is a real blast to see a competition in high gear. The camaraderie among the teams is really a fun thing to witness.

Jeff_in_KC
07-16-2007, 08:28 PM
The camaraderie among the teams is really a fun thing to witness.

My sponsor came to pick up the meat from turn-in leftovers right before awards Saturday and decided to go in and watch the awards with us. We hadn't made it through one category when she leaned over and commented about just this. And she had never seen a BBQ contest before. Took her all of 15 minutes to have it make an impression on her. :wink:

ZBQ
07-16-2007, 10:17 PM
LMAJ going the nite before turn ins is the best time to visit IMHO.
The morning of turn ins isnt the best time to come and visit me.
Im not trying to avoid folks who want to learn the art of Q.
Im usually trying to get my greens washed, sorted ect.
Im trying to get my game presence up and running and really dont want anybody other than my team talking to me.
Not trying to be mean here at all. Just the facts on how I/we think. Everybody does things a little bit different I guess.

I agree. The nite before turn ins is the best time for visiting.

This was my first comp last weekend and I actually had a guy ask if we wanted to do a radio interview as I am standing there with lettuce in my hands building the turn in box. I politely told him that I was working on getting my boxes ready for the judges and only had about 7 minutes till turn in time. He said "it will only take about 5 minutes......." :roll:

I finally had to just say I'm sorry I just can't, I'm too busy.

LMAJ
07-17-2007, 04:42 PM
Thanks for the feedback - don't want to kill the mojo at a critical point, you work too hard for that. Now I can be a well behaved visitor!

Tinybud
07-17-2007, 08:01 PM
LMAJ, I agree with what was said,, 10:30 till 1:30, very busy time for teams on turn in day. But anytime before or after that, not usually a problem. If ya show up at new holland feel free to stop by we'll be competing.

lunchlady
07-17-2007, 08:19 PM
I think it kinda depends on the team. we are ok with people standing nearby, watching what we do, as long as they aren't right up our collective butts. we actually LIKE to describe what we are doing to inquiring minds. POLITE, inquiring minds.

that's just us... others can have their say...