With all due respect.
Garnish is dumb. Plain and simple.
It should be about the Q, not about how pretty your garnish is.
All these arguments that it makes KCBS unique or as long as so & so is involved...are fairly lame arguments.
It is the same old story " we've always done it this way" Anyone involved in any type of management knows that this statement is the death knell of creativity.
KCBS is where it is at today as the top sanctioning body in BBQ due to several factors, none of them are garnish IMHO.
Losing garnish will not effect the KCBS brand, nor tarnish it's luster. If anything it will create better parity among judging because the criteria will be easier to understand & execute.
My 2 cents