You have to read the application - $50 is about right for the amateur/backyard division.
Most pro division entries are $50-75 per meat and/or $200-300 single fee and you cook what you want - in the pro division you must cook all four meats to qualify for Grand or Reserve honors.
Depending on the contest the backyard division often only does chicken and ribs - occassionally you'll see all four meats offered but not often.
Also, backyard competitor does NOT compete head-to-head with the pros. There is a seperate table judging the backyard entries (at least at the contests I've been involved with). You'll be scored seperately but will recieve a score sheet showing how you did.
I'm sure others will jump in - the Lakeland event is about the biggest KCBS gig in Florida.
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