it is not a kcbs requirement that certified judges get the nod over non-certified or celebrity judges. it's up to the organizer.
at the end of the day, teams notice the cbj % of the contest and may or may not return the following year. as a first year event organizer, teams inquired as to what my cbj % was. thankfully, I was at 100%.
this subject has been discussed ad nauseum on this forum and every other forum I frequent. and here we goooooo..............lol
edit: as far as the op checking in early and then not getting a seat, that falls on the reps, organizer and whomever was checking in the judges. easy task made difficult.
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