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Muzzlebrake
01-04-2008, 08:06 AM
I am wondering how far in advance do set your yearly competition calender.

This year is going to be our second year doing comps and we are going to try and lock in our schedule by Super Bowl. We are more than likely looking to return to the contests we did last year and add 3-4 others.

Do you think that this is too early/late? With family commitments, work, honey-do lists and vacations we have found that we have to do it that early.

I'm having some difficulty with contests here in the Northeast not being announced for the year as of then. I understand that the vast majority of them take place on the same weekend as the prior year but an official announcement would be much more helpful, especially when try to find contests other than the ones that you already are familiar with.
The only reason that we didn't compete in The Battle of The Brethren is because it is very hard for any of us to make plans as a whole that late in the year.

bigabyte
01-04-2008, 08:55 AM
I'm trying to plan now as well. I need to plan these things well in advance. I am having similar problems in that a lot of them don't have entry forms yet, or have some things up in the air preventing anything other than the date being fixed at this time, especially the ones for later in the year. I'll probably pick whatever is avaiable by Superbowl time as well.

Ford
01-04-2008, 09:14 AM
My schedule is a little mroe felxible but I do put in a tentative vacation request by early February for what I know for sure. My boss also knows that there's a chance I'll need time off in late October but won't know until after Labor Day and they understand the situation. Still thinking about one in early May. The GAB looks good, Mt Vernon, VET cookoff in Ohio, Grand Rapids, Anderson IN if it happens, New one south of Indy after Labor Day and Silver Lake look good right now. If Anderson IN does not pan out then hopefully Shannon IL. And oc course if I qualify maybe the Royal.

lunchlady
01-04-2008, 09:30 AM
... ON TOPIC...
We always try to work out our schedule by March, leaving our options open for the end of the summer/fall... August, September, October... that way, in case we win (or find) some $$, we can go out more.

...USEFUL (or USELESS) INFORMATION...
We plan a weekend in February, hang and eat at my house, and see who is available when, and where we all want to go during the season.

Usually we all use all our vacation time doing contests, and then some.

I take our tax refund for entry fees, that way they are confirmed relatively early in the spring, and we can plan the season accordingly.

... BACK ON TOPIC...
Also, since we are in the NE too, I just try to get as much info as possible, even if I have to e-mail an organizer to find out. Most contests are the same weekend as in previous years, and most organizers are very willing to chat with you about when it will be, if it isnt the same.

Contests can only be scheduled as early as info comes in, but DEFINITELY I feel your pain.

... MORE USELESS INFO...
Right now I'm looking at ...
April - Salisbury MD
May - MIM, Grillin' On The Bay
June - Yardley PA, Peter's Pond MA
July - Lake Placid NY, Harpoon VT
August - New Holland PA and/or Hudson Valley NY
September - Lowell MA, Harvard MA, Oinktoberfest NY
October - maybe the Royal, hopefully the Jack, but if pigs fly or we win the lottery...
November - I'd really like to go back to GA for the Best Of The Best.

BUT, I also want to do more in the mid-Atlantic... Chesapeake Jubilee, Bel Air, DOVER etc. We shall see what I can squeeze in. There just aren't enough weekends!

cmcadams
01-04-2008, 10:14 AM
We only do 3-4, if we're lucky... We have tentative schedule, but neither of us have to ask for vacation time for a day here and there too far in advance. We're looking at:

Fairbanks, IN, end of May/beginning of July
Dayton, OH, July 18-19 (I think)
Cincinnati, OH, September 13-14 (much bigger site, plenty of grass to spread out on)
Nelsonville, OH, 3rd weekend of October

Judging in Madison, IN, 3rd weekend of August.

pigmaker23
01-04-2008, 11:01 PM
We Started Planning, looks like 10 for 2008 , and of course the Jack if we ever break our second place curse...

Irrad8
01-04-2008, 11:24 PM
I've been told I have OCD, but I'm disappointed that websites haven't been updated with 2008 info. It would be nice if they were, even if it is just prelimenary fyi info.

Ulcer Acres
01-05-2008, 09:11 AM
We never do set up the contest we go to until after the KCBS Banquet. At this time we are looking at 30 contest this coming year.

Podge
01-05-2008, 09:22 AM
I won't start planning until after the banquet too. October is the only month I'm sure about what contests I'm doing. still sticking with about 8-10 total contests.

Ulcer Acres
01-05-2008, 09:47 AM
Podge, Good to see you posting over here. It is nice to have this years Jack Daniels World Champ in the Brethren. For those who dont know Podge is Chad Hayden of Moonswiners who won this years Jack. I also believe he is one of the very few to get three jugs in one year.

Podge
01-05-2008, 10:01 AM
Thanks.. I lurk here from time to time, and find it to be a freindly place, so I might hang out here more often, lurking and posting.

Tinybud
01-05-2008, 10:10 AM
We started planning last year right after Dover,, lol,, Only planning on competing in 3, New Holland, pickin' in the panhadle in W. virginia, and Dover again, but if $$ is there we'll add more, Going to judge a few this year as well. Looking at Salisbury, Belair, and Yardley to judge.

Jeff_in_KC
01-05-2008, 10:50 AM
Glad to see you posting here, Chad! Honored to have you here and congrats again on the Jack victory!

The Anchorman
01-05-2008, 11:02 AM
We Started Planning, looks like 10 for 2008 , and of course the Jack if we ever break our second place curse...

who is this we thing? You got a mouse in your pocket? Lets Talk:confused:

tonto1117
01-05-2008, 11:15 AM
My schedule is a little mroe felxible but I do put in a tentative vacation request by early February for what I know for sure. My boss also knows that there's a chance I'll need time off in late October but won't know until after Labor Day and they understand the situation. Still thinking about one in early May. The GAB looks good, Mt Vernon, VET cookoff in Ohio, Grand Rapids, Anderson IN if it happens, New one south of Indy after Labor Day and Silver Lake look good right now. If Anderson IN does not pan out then hopefully Shannon IL. And oc course if I qualify maybe the Royal.

Sounds like we will be seeing you alot again this year Ford..:wink: As our tenitive schedule sounds pretty similiar at this time.

nthole
01-05-2008, 11:39 AM
We've planned out our contests for this year already. We're going to try for four this year and maybe try and get some judging in as well.

Muzzlebrake
01-05-2008, 01:31 PM
I've been told I have OCD, but I'm disappointed that websites haven't been updated with 2008 info. It would be nice if they were, even if it is just prelimenary fyi info.

yeah, I have been called anal but at least 2 of our team are technically supposed to have their vacation scheduled in by the end of November. even as you say just the preliminary info posted as early as possible would incredibly helpful.......

we are looking at 30 contest this coming year.

Wow! 30 is a whole chit-load. Is that the average number you do a year? What was the most?

ique
01-05-2008, 02:05 PM
Here are the contests we have penciled in. Gotta do a bit of fund-raising before I can lock and load....

3/XX Snowshoe, MA
4/18 Pork in the Park, MD
5/25 Grillin on the Bay
6/5 BBQLossal
7/25 Harpoon
8/15 Hudson Valley
8/22 New Holland
9/20 Harvard, MA
Oct The Royal
Oct Dover

Kung Fu BBQ
01-05-2008, 02:34 PM
We've spent the last couple days pouring over the calendar. Picking both local and out of town extended trips aka family camping comps.
As of yet we definitly need to trim down our schedule... so many contests so little money.

Merl
01-06-2008, 02:17 PM
The problem with knowing the dates, is KCBS cannot publish the calendar until the organizer sends in its request and deposit. That is why many contest are not as of yet on the kcbs calendar.

Yours in Que
Merl Whitebook

scottyd
01-06-2008, 05:02 PM
We never do set up the contest we go to until after the KCBS Banquet. At this time we are looking at 30 contest this coming year.


Go get-em Randy, 30 contests this year. ye-haw!!

nancee
01-06-2008, 07:03 PM
...speaking of annual planning anyone from NY metro area or CT, NYS, etc heading up to this thing? If so please give me a shout
thanks

Just Smokin' Around
01-06-2008, 09:28 PM
In the mid-Atlantic, you need to have a basic game plan going into the year. Some of the contest fill up and you can get locked out if you wait too long. We'll be looking at 5 or so this year. 4 in MD and 1 in WV. Thinking about Dover and of course there's one in TN in late Oct. I wouldn't mind adding to my list.

BowtieBill
01-07-2008, 09:21 AM
We tried to plan out as much as we could last week. Unfortuately, out here, many contests are up in the air still.
It seems like there are a few bunch up together, then a long drought without any. Taking the time off is not the issue, but funds are. Still working on a sponsor. :roll: