Most of the larger cookoffs around here are in with an otherwise fairly large crowd drawing event, of which the cookoff is one piece. Crowd gathering events tend to be on Saturday's. This, and what WSM/Rich said. Sunday would most likely be a smaller cookoff with only local teams. That, and we like to spend the night in the RV after cookoffs and leave early Sunday morning...
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.