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U2CANQUE
12-08-2008, 06:05 PM
If there was a situation that came up, that only allowed you to choose three contests that you could attend in a summer, which ones would it be.....and then the kicker, is why....

My 3:

Shelby, NC Hog Happenin: The reps, contestants, how smooth the contest was run, it was after some of the northern contests had passed so I got in an extra cook, the prize money was nice, and very well done hardware. It was also for a great cause, and one that I will not miss even if I only had one contest to choose from.

Maddison, IN: Great location, huge contest, the reps worked their butts off, there was some great blues in conjunction, and had a great time overall....will be back....

Kettering, OH: Very cook friendly, the volunteers and staff of the hall there treated everyone great. Parklike setting, with some of the most unique plaques that I had seen....yeah, Jim....the reps bust their arse too for the contest, and treat the cooks like family.....

CritterCook
12-08-2008, 06:08 PM
Any contests in Columbia Missouri. They are always run great, the competitors are top notch, it's always a party, and I get to hang with a bunch of great people!!

backporchbbq
12-08-2008, 06:13 PM
I would say New Holland. I loved the layout of the park. I thought it was run really well, and that was our best comp last year.

Dover, I think there is more than enough space, and it is all around run well.

I would say Berks but I hear that is not going to happen this year. So I have no idea what my 3rd would be.

barbefunkoramaque
12-08-2008, 06:29 PM
International Barbecue Cook off in Taylor, Texas this August, the National Championship Barbecue Cook Off in Meridian, Texas and the Trader's Village International in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Bigmista
12-08-2008, 06:44 PM
Stagecoach.

3 contests in 2 days. All in the middle of the states biggest country music festival. 70000 people daily and over 30k in prizes all on a huge polo field in the middle of the dessert.

backporchbbq
12-08-2008, 06:47 PM
Stagecoach.

3 contests in 2 days. All in the middle of the states biggest country music festival. 70000 people daily and over 30k in prizes all on a huge polo field in the middle of the dessert.


That sounds interesting and hectic.

Big Ugly's BBQ
12-08-2008, 06:56 PM
Two immediately come to mind,

1. Que and Cruz, Bill and his gang ran a first rate contest last year, without sanctioned by MABA. This year its a KCBS event, so there will be even more teams. The sites the teams get each have their own water/electric, are big enough to get the toy hauler into and still have room to cook, and the area is peaceful. Until someone yells, "I LOVE TI$%IES" at 4am, that was interesting to say the least!:shock::shock:

2. Galvinells Meat Company BBQ Contest. Jen and her father have been doing this one for a couple of years now, proceeds benefit local youth groups. Great site, excellent support from Jen and the crew, great run contest.

For the third one, not really sure yet. I would say Bel Air, but heard a rumor, they are no more. Same for Yardley and Berks. Maybe Pickin in the Panhandle, fun contest, less the Hurricane last year.

Buster Dog BBQ
12-08-2008, 06:57 PM
Iowa State BBQ Championship - Marshalltown, IA. Great organization and close to 70 of the best teams in the midwest. Great Park Setting.

BBQ In The Park - LaPorte City, IA - Last year was the first year but it was a great setting and great organizer. Second part of a back to back weekend contest.

Brew-B-Que - Independence IA - Wifes hometown, great park venue, cooks potluck and free beer Friday night, and Saturday is beer samples for 4 hours with almost 100 beers to choose from.

Nature Boy
12-08-2008, 06:57 PM
New Holland. It was our first ever contest and one of the nicest cooker-friendly events and settings.

Cue and Cruz. Bill the Grill Guy's contest. He worked his tail off and it is in beautiful country on gorgeous grounds.

Danville. Another storybook setting, well run with a nice turnout of good teams, and run by real good folks.


There are plenty of other excellent ones out East, but those three are the ones that come to mind right now!
Beers
Chris

Plowboy
12-08-2008, 07:01 PM
Blue Springs Blaze Off - Blue Springs, MO - Hometown contest

Great American BBQ - KC, KS - Been good to us and we get to see a lot of our friends

BarBQlossal - Des Moines, IA - Great contest and we've got a good catering gig up there.

Bigmista
12-08-2008, 07:06 PM
That sounds interesting and hectic.

It is. Last year it was spread over 3 days. This year is different.

Saturday is a KCBS and an IBCA contest right on top of each other. Sunday is KCBS. People's choice and best booth and show during all of it.

More fun and more work than you can imagine.

motoeric
12-08-2008, 07:07 PM
I can't believe that none of you farkers said 'Battle of the BBQ Brethren'. Sheesh.

Yes, I know, it's not held in the summer, but still...


Eric

backporchbbq
12-08-2008, 07:13 PM
I can't believe that none of you farkers said 'Battle of the BBQ Brethren'. Sheesh.

Yes, I know, it's not held in the summer, but still...


Eric


Is that a yearly contest? If so when and where.

Tinybud
12-08-2008, 08:34 PM
I would choose :
New Holland summerfest,, couldn't ask for a better run event, and the park is a very nice setting (even thou our spot is like a mile away from turn in,,lol)

Pickin' in the panhandle WV, again,, minus the bad weather, nice campground, only complaint would be not all spots have electric and water.

Dover would be third,, only because I love nascar, and having a contest inside the race track is pretty cool.. they do however need to work a few things, the judging area, and two years ago when we got hit with that nasty storm with all the bad win, no one from the event checked on any of the competitors.

Podge
12-08-2008, 08:37 PM
Kettering, Madison and The Jack, if i get lucky enough to get back there.

SmokeInDaEye
12-08-2008, 09:31 PM
Man. I'd have to agree with new holland. Turn-ins 2 seconds from me and jack mcd's site, wonderful organizers, wonderful setting and a chance at a three peat in sausage!

Battle of the brethren is also at top of my list for countless reasons.

Then I'd throw in MIM even though I don't cook it but I love it every year.

Alexa RnQ
12-08-2008, 09:50 PM
It would kill me to only pick 3. There are so many great contests we haven't had an opportunity to cook at yet.

Modesto was an unbelievable high for us -- our first GC, and we got to take home that incredible championship belt. If it's held again next year, we'd love to go defend.

Grill on the Hill in Snowbird, UT -- BBQ on the banks of a rushing snowmelt torrent, skiers clomping by in their boots, brilliant sunshine and an impeccably run contest with great names we'd love to beat. What's not to like?

Durango, CO for the Fourth of July -- Sweet little comp in the park, such nice people, that second GC made us feel like maybe we weren't a fluke. Pretty country there, and best fireworks display!

Salt Lake City, UT, Rock & Ribs -- How cool is it to BBQ right in the heart of downtown between chrome and glass? We have a grudge match over two tiebreakers to settle there.

Smokin' in the Park at Viejas, Alpine, CA -- Another great contest, super organizers, the casino and outlet stores right there. That GC was a HUGE confidence builder, it was the state's largest BBQ comp ever.

And, of course, how could one not include the Jack? That's an experience unlike any other. Can't imagine ever being too jaded to go.

And those are just all in our little backyard -- we haven't even begun to step out and hit contests in the "real world" yet. We've got a lot of learning yet to do, and I know there are any number of really great contests out there that we've got to cook someday.

motoeric
12-08-2008, 10:12 PM
Is that a yearly contest? If so when and where.

I really can't decide if that question is facetious or not.

Eric

ThomEmery
12-08-2008, 10:13 PM
Stagecoach But I will admit to being a bit of a homer on this :)

NotleyQue
12-08-2008, 10:15 PM
Stagecoach Indio CA
Veijas Alpine CA
and the annual Thom Emery Invitational.

ThomEmery
12-08-2008, 10:25 PM
You Bet Cooking against Kyle next year

TN_BBQ
12-08-2008, 10:28 PM
How about the Big Ones?

American Royal
Memphis In May
The Jack

Jeff_in_KC
12-08-2008, 10:55 PM
Sedalia, Missouri - just love the location... huge sites where you can spread out if you want to and other than a guilt trip for not doing people's choice (during turn-ins!!), it's very cooker-friendly. Have water and electric hook-ups at each site as it's in a campground.

Blue Springs, Missouri - very close to home, good location, cooker-friendly and we always seem to make the judges happy there for whatever reason (in three years there, we've gotten 1st chicken, 4th pork, 1st mild salsa, 3rd brisket, 4th pork, Reserve Grand, 1st Brisket and 2nd Ribs)

Those are the only two I have done that I feel strongly about. DeSoto, KS and Platte City, MO are close.

backporchbbq
12-09-2008, 12:34 AM
I really can't decide if that question is facetious or not.

Eric


Still new to BBQ and this site, unfortunately yes it is serious.

VA BBQ PIRATES
12-09-2008, 05:40 AM
Is that a yearly contest? If so when and where.

Hey Josh it's in Sayville, NY just before Dover (if I remember right).

My picks -
Salisbury, MD - Just because it's the season opener around here.
Que & Cruz - Well run, great sites - even has showers!

The third one is tough - haven't done any poorly run comps around here. (However the Royal was pretty bad - we weren't on the list for the invite and the rep was a - let's say less than helpful. Plus other things)

Naturally the Jack if we are lucky if not I hear there is a new one in Front Royal - close to home & in VA.

Tom

stlgreg
12-09-2008, 08:13 AM
Right now for us Murphysboro, Illinois is the only one I have to do. I tend to do the others just once and so i can do others.

Jacked UP BBQ
12-09-2008, 08:43 AM
I have to say for me
Hudson Valley Ribfest
Battle of the Brethren
Any one day event within one hour of my house

Dale P
12-09-2008, 09:06 AM
Owensboro
Madison
And If I didnt say Kettering Jim & Tina probably wouldnt give me anymore beer.



The Jack if we ever learn how to cook.

ique
12-09-2008, 09:08 AM
Snowshoe Grilling Challenge
Harpoon
American Royal

Sledneck
12-09-2008, 09:11 AM
1. New Holland
2. Sayville
3. Harpoon

lunchlady
12-09-2008, 09:24 AM
I'll leave out MIM and the Jack... they are SO awesome, giant, prestigious, fun etc...and I'm not sure that's what you were going for originally...
so I'll have to chime in with my New England perspective...

Harpoon... July
very well run and cooker friendly - free beer, gorgeous setting, showers, water and electric, bands, Iron Man competition, state championship and an automatic for the Jack (at the moment). Fantastic festival. Just wish they would/could open it to more teams.

Lake Placid... July
this has got to be the most fun you can have on the 4th of July. very well run, extremely cooker friendly, all amenitites including continental breakfast and hot showers for the teams, an opportunity to make some money with the buck-a-bone contest, bands, fireworks, tons of stuff for the kids, state championship, and all at an historic and absolutely gorgeous setting.

and Pork In The Park... April (not really summer)
this was our first trek out of the NE back in '04, and we've been back ever since. cooker friendly, KUDOS to Sandy! one of the best run contests EVER, bands, vendors, kid's activities and rides, TONS of competition, great payouts, water and electric, and a state championship. Keeps getting better and better... just wish they could get some showers somehow.

I know you said three but I can't possibly leave out THE OINK...

Oinktoberfest... (end of September)
also well run, cooker-friendly, nice payouts, great bands, tons of kids stuff, beautiful area, goody bags (which are rare these days) and a state championship. And, don't forget the pumpkin cannon...

or Hudson Valley...
our first time going this year and I was super impressed. well run, cooker-friendly, beautiful place, showers AND a pool, kids stuff, bands, vendors, fun festival all around.

Oh man... I can't wait to start up again!!!

Scottie
12-09-2008, 09:49 AM
Mine would be Shannon, Lake Placid and a toss up between Hammond and Snowbird. Hammond because the cooks are spoiled and Snowbird because you will never have a better location for a contest...

Shannon, because it's all about cooking. No fluff.

Lake Placid is probably the hardest working folks in the business. They really do have all bases covered. From location to the special attention paid to the cooks. OK and Dmitry has some real good woodka. (For those that know Dmitry and have ever heard him say it, I tried to spell it the way he says it...) He actually didn't have to ask me twice either... :twisted:

Rolling Smoke
12-09-2008, 09:58 AM
Kettering, OH: Very cook friendly, the volunteers and staff of the hall there treated everyone great. Parklike setting, with some of the most unique plaques that I had seen....yeah, Jim....the reps bust their arse too for the contest, and treat the cooks like family.....

Thanks for the support Rob. It will be even better next year.

Rolling Smoke
12-09-2008, 10:02 AM
Kettering, Madison and The Jack, if i get lucky enough to get back there.

Thanks Podge.....I knew the La Rosa's pizza would hook you.

Rolling Smoke
12-09-2008, 10:05 AM
And If I didnt say Kettering Jim & Tina probably wouldnt give me anymore beer.

Thanks Dale....we probably won't anyway now that you have given us the endorsement :lol:

Scottie
12-09-2008, 10:07 AM
I will say that Jim puts on a good one at Kettering. It just doens't look good, as it's up against Shannon for me this year. But his location and layout and goodies are second to none. Very cool contest location.

Smoky River BBQ
12-09-2008, 10:14 AM
For me, I would have to put Madison, IN. on the top of the list. That is where we strated, and holds a special place in my heart :oops:

Kettering, OH. has to be on the list, also. Jim & Co. has done an awesome job, and I really hope to be there again next year, if my schedule at home allows!

And even if it is not everyone's favorite, I need to put Fairbanks, IN. on here, too. I just like the fun atmosphere there, not to mention the great pitch in on Friday nights! Plus it has been tested by Mother Nature and passed. (Those that were there know what I am talking about!)

Fat Angel
12-09-2008, 10:15 AM
1. Harpoon
2. New Holland
T3. Dover
T3. Salisbury

Q Haven
12-09-2008, 10:22 AM
Danville. Another storybook setting, well run with a nice turnout of good teams, and run by real good folks.

We are hoping to come down and cook this one this year. My college roommate helps out with the contest and says it is a great time. A long ride for us for sure but we would like to expand our horizons a little.

We have mostly just cooked northeast events, and our favorites so far are Harpoon and Lake Placid. The third would be the Jack if we are ever lucky enough to qualify again.

Sidw
12-09-2008, 10:40 AM
I would have to go with Madison, Kettering & Owensboro. We really think the people puttiing them on work their butts off for the cooks and the contests are the great.

bbqczar
12-09-2008, 11:11 AM
Best Dam BBQ ,Boulder City NV. for 1, Stagecoach,Indio Ca.2,and last would be,any local,well organized,KCBS,or IBCA sanctioned event.

Rolling Smoke
12-09-2008, 11:25 AM
I will say that Jim puts on a good one at Kettering. It just doens't look good, as it's up against Shannon for me this year. But his location and layout and goodies are second to none. Very cool contest location.

Thanks Scottie....hope you can make it.

Rolling Smoke
12-09-2008, 11:27 AM
Kettering, OH. has to be on the list, also. Jim & Co. has done an awesome job, and I really hope to be there again next year, if my schedule at home allows!

Thanks Roger! It's always good to see you and Dawn.

Rolling Smoke
12-09-2008, 11:29 AM
I would have to go with Madison, Kettering & Owensboro. We really think the people puttiing them on work their butts off for the cooks and the contests are the great.

Thanks Sid! Maybe you and Connie can get another teepeeing in Kettering. :wink:

The Giggler
12-09-2008, 12:00 PM
1. Harpoon - Hospitality, setting, strong competition, and great staff.
2. Oinktoberfest - Shortest commute.

Sidw
12-09-2008, 12:36 PM
Thanks Sid! Maybe you and Connie can get another teepeeing in Kettering. :wink:

Thanks - we do love that thought!!http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/images/icons/icon7.gif

For anyone that has an opening in their schedule or can make an opening - they really do need to put Kettering on their list. Outstanding event!!!!!http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif

U2CANQUE
12-09-2008, 01:07 PM
Plus it has been tested by Mother Nature and passed. (Those that were there know what I am talking about!)
That is the understatement of the year.....it became not only I went to Fairbanks, but, I survived Fairbanks....and yeah, the cooks chip in dinner was phenomenal....and every team still had the smiles going the next morning after the night....

Jeff_in_KC
12-09-2008, 01:20 PM
However the Royal was pretty bad - we weren't on the list for the invite and the rep was a - let's say less than helpful. Plus other things

Tom

Tom, just say it! Say what you're thinking... that it sucked to have to be next to us all weekend! :twisted: :lol:

Sledneck
12-09-2008, 01:43 PM
Williepalooza!!!

beam boys bbq
12-09-2008, 02:40 PM
herman mo i just love the big lay out close to home

columbia mo there are some good q ers there if you do well in columbia you are going some where !!!!

glasgo mo just an layed back contest it is nice to have one of them


york

Big Ugly's BBQ
12-09-2008, 05:06 PM
Two immediately come to mind,

1. Que and Cruz, Bill and his gang ran a first rate contest last year, without sanctioned by MABA. This year its a KCBS event, so there will be even more teams. The sites the teams get each have their own water/electric, are big enough to get the toy hauler into and still have room to cook, and the area is peaceful. Until someone yells, "I LOVE TI$%IES" at 4am, that was interesting to say the least!:shock::shock:

2. Galvinells Meat Company BBQ Contest. Jen and her father have been doing this one for a couple of years now, proceeds benefit local youth groups. Great site, excellent support from Jen and the crew, great run contest.

For the third one, not really sure yet. I would say Bel Air, but heard a rumor, they are no more. Same for Yardley and Berks. Maybe Pickin in the Panhandle, fun contest, less the Hurricane last year.

Just found out that Bel Air is on for this year, so we will be going to that one, real close to home!

VA BBQ PIRATES
12-09-2008, 05:41 PM
Tom, just say it! Say what you're thinking... that it sucked to have to be next to us all weekend! :twisted: :lol:

Sure it sucked being next to you :-D but what was worse was turning to the rep for help when we found out 1) we weren't "on the list" for the invite & 2)he didnt have our boxes AND he didn't care! Now he wants to be on the KCBS BOD! My neighbor's dog left something in my yard that could do a better job (IMHO). Luckily the volunteers were able to step up and help us get it fixed.

Jeff we'll be happy to be nexty to you guys any time.

Tom

YankeeBBQ
12-09-2008, 06:20 PM
Harpoon- Just because we have a blast there every year

Lake Placid-beautiful area and it's cool cooking on the speed skating oval

Any contest labled "Massachusetts State Championship" ask any New England Team and they can tell you why :mrgreen:


PS. I really like New Holland but that trip seems to get longer every year.

JayAre
12-09-2008, 07:13 PM
1. Kettering...Our first contest and the best organized contest I've seen so far (including the Jack)..Jim you guys are awesome!!!

2. Madison...Our Second contest had a blast and my buds found a good bar down there and they would not let me live if I didn't go back to let them go back to that bar..

3. Nelsonville, smoker went Chernobyl do to drunkness, need to rectify the weekend...(nice little town, hope the contest takes off again)

:cool:

The_Kapn
12-09-2008, 07:58 PM
Easy,
I look for "Cooker friendly" events.

"Best of the Best" in Douglas.

Dothan, AL

Talahassee, FL.

TIM

Fat Angel
12-09-2008, 08:28 PM
I almost forgot about Wildwood. It is extra cooker friendly and overall has a very good vibe.

I also agree that BOTB is very cooker friendly. They have ambassadors that check in every few hours and ask if you need anything from Wal-mart or the supermarket.

smokincracker
12-09-2008, 08:44 PM
Crackers Top 10 Count Down

Letís count them down and start with two contests that no longer exist and if they did would top the list.

10 Key Largo, FL (KCBS) Location, Location, Location.
9 Lebanon, TN (KCBS) Run almost perfect and the turn out is tops.

Now the three that party the most......

8 Felda, FL (KCBS) Rednecks, Swamp Buggies, New Years Party with fireworks.
7 Winter Haven, FL (FBA) Rock-N-Roll, Steak Dinner to Die for and FRANK!!!
6 Birmingham, AL (KCBS) Frat parties, Bands and TROY!

Smoothest Run

5 Clermont, FL (FBA) Cheryl Fishel knows how to run the show.
4 Plant City, FL (KCBS) the girls from the Chamber are tops.
3 Newnan, GA (FBA) this 3rd year contest is tops.
2 Barnesville, GA (FBA) ALL about southern hospitality.

Where do the big dogs go?
THE GC

1 Dillard, GA (Bluegrass and Barbeque)

Dillard, GA
Yep This KCBS Jewel tops my list as the best contest in the country hands down. This contest is a condensed version of the AR Invitational with a twist. The contest is held on the top of a mountain in a very beautiful setting and put on by some top notch people.
Good luck getting in as the waiting list is a mile long to get in.

smokincracker
12-09-2008, 08:46 PM
Easy,
I look for "Cooker friendly" events.

"Best of the Best" in Douglas.

Dothan, AL

Talahassee, FL.

TIM

all good i've been to them all....

The Pigman
12-09-2008, 09:01 PM
If I only do 1 next year it would be KETTERING ......That was my first along with JayAre and it was a great time because of Jim and Jim. Hopefully I will learn how to cook by then.

Second one would be Bean blossom Ind. at the Bill Monroe park

Third would be Nelsonville, Ohio

Diva
12-09-2008, 09:25 PM
1. Great Bend KS. Kent Romine is a fantastic organizer, great time!2. Harpoon. It's very unique and I enjoy the people in New England. Kyle and I also think the Rest Area/New Hampshire Liquor Store is pretty cool too! lol3. Glasgow MO/Qlossal/Any Ronnie Cates run event.....I have too many #3's and all for different reasons...

Brauma
12-09-2008, 09:33 PM
Seems I was spoiled last year. My first ever contest was at Bill's Que & Cruz. Campground with big spots, full hook-ups, showers. Nice! Aren't they all like that? :roll: :lol:

Rolling Smoke
12-10-2008, 04:54 AM
1. Kettering...Our first contest and the best organized contest I've seen so far (including the Jack)..Jim you guys are awesome!!!

Thanks JayAre. You and Janine are a welcome addition to any contest but especially Kettering.

2. Madison...Our Second contest had a blast and my buds found a good bar down there and they would not let me live if I didn't go back to let them go back to that bar..

I missed the bar (I think) but Tina and I appreciate you guys putting us up for the night.

3. Nelsonville, smoker went Chernobyl do to drunkness, need to rectify the weekend...(nice little town, hope the contest takes off again) :cool:

Once again, thanks for the hospitality but I thought you said the bar was in Madison :confused:

Rolling Smoke
12-10-2008, 05:03 AM
If I only do 1 next year it would be KETTERING ......That was my first along with JayAre and it was a great time because of Jim and Jim. Hopefully I will learn how to cook by then.

I'm sorry, what was the question(s).....just kidding Roger, you can ask all the questions you want (if you can find me):razz:

I'm glad Kettering was your first and you're always welcome back. Your deer chili was a smash and I appreciate the help with the neighbors.

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
12-10-2008, 12:30 PM
1. NewHolland Summerfest , New Holand Pa (get to see some of the Brethern)
2. Pickin' in the PanHandle , Hedgesville W.VA (the most awesome spot I have ever had)
3.Harrisburg Pa (hopefully it grows this year and its less then an hour away)

VA BBQ PIRATES
12-10-2008, 05:35 PM
:biggrin:2. Pickin' in the PanHandle , Hedgesville W.VA (the most awesome spot I have ever had)


I would rank WV in the top 3 or so if they learnt them judges better. For some reason they don't like real BBQ up there and my scores show it:biggrin:

Tom

JayAre
12-10-2008, 05:39 PM
Once again, thanks for the hospitality but I thought you said the bar was in Madison :confused:[/quote]

There's a bar everywhere...just ask me, I'll find ya one!

Pig Headed
12-10-2008, 08:03 PM
Salisbury,New Holland,Dover. In fact, as of now, those are the only three I'm signing up for this year.

Bud's BBQ
12-17-2008, 07:07 PM
Top Three is a very difficult question: We liked Westmont IL very much and the organizers were outstanding; Silver Lake Mi - Jeff does an incredible job and the setting on the sand dunes of Lake Michigan is breathtaking; Shannon is truly the "field of dreams" - Mike and Theresa make it a very special event.

Scottie
12-17-2008, 07:34 PM
I'll see you at all 3 of those Walt.

Jaybird
12-18-2008, 09:15 AM
Snowbird, Utah. What a view..in all sorts of ways!!

Rock n Ribs in Salt Lake City...been beddy beddy good to us!!

Stagecoach in California...where else can you have your RV parked inside of a 3 day concert and do 3 contests at the same time..Nirvana!!

The Jack!!!!!!!!! For obvious reasons.

Scottie
12-18-2008, 09:30 AM
I will say that Snow Bird was probably the coolest contest setting I have been to. Just breathtaking... then I actually started looking at the mountains... Snow bunnies nice.... :twisted::twisted::twisted::twisted:

Wizards of 'Que
12-18-2008, 07:59 PM
The three Arkansas Smoke on the Water contest. Little Rock, Pine Bluff and Hot Springs. Besides being close to home, they are the three highest paying contest in the country.