Originally Posted by dmprantz
... Judges aren't required to be members, but organizers require them to "apply" and often give first priority to members, right? ...
Actually judges have to show currant membership to be considered as "Certified" BBQ Judges. If you're not paid up then KCBS no longer considers you to be a CBJ.
However, there is nothing stoping the organizer from using non-certified judges if he wants to. They just can't be counted as part of the CBJ per centage that is published in the Bullsheet showing what was the % last year. Most KCBS contest organizers try for as many CBJs as they can get but there are some who would rather have a large % of celebrity judges instead (North Kansas City comes to mind).