Civil War, there is truth to what you say. But I keep the contest at 100% CBJ's.
We use VIP judges for our Backyard contest and our Kids Q. Satisfies everybody.
Plus I bring a few extra CBJ's ( who know they are extra) for no shows or late cancellations. If they are not needed by me, they go to the Backyard and judge with the VIP's. The CBJ's also know about that before they come.
Not the only way to do it, but just my way of balancing a lot of complicated and political factors.
So Loco engr- here are a couple of insights into your situation from our side of things.
I just hope you have some happier times judging. Wishing you the best.
Carlyle, KCBS, CBJ, Organizer ( Judge Chair)