I'm with you guys. I might try a local festival in the late summer if I think I can get my gear and skills up to it. For now, I know I'll be good this way other than possibly helpers. I'm going to try to score a couple from a partner business. I doubt that will be a problem. (They like to eat) I'm going to find out the expected crowd and when the food runs out it's out. If if a few late commers miss out and the others go away saying "Man you missed it!" That's good enough. There will always be those couple folks that roll in while you are packing up at a contractor event.
If any of the breathern want a helper for any of the cookoffs in the greater Richmond, VA area PM me. I've been a chief enough in my buisiness to make a real good "injun".