It's basically individual parties. You can buy "entries".. So some of the bigger teams have 4 entries to the contest. I think the fees are huge to enter if you don't have the Go Texan or free ride. I know there is a waiting list.
To get into the parties, you need to have a ticket. You can't just walk aqround and enter private parties. They make these tents look like saloons, disco's, you name it... OK, maybe not disco, but what ever boot stomping you do down in Texas...
FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA BBQ TOUR
Red Jambo one off
Homer Simpson 22 " Weber Kettle
Red 18 1/2" Weber Kettle
Black 26 3/4" Weber Kettle