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View Poll Results: How much do you spend (for everything) at a contest?
Under $500 23 17.42%
$501-$600 47 35.61%
$601-$700 25 18.94%
$701-$800 15 11.36%
$800+ 22 16.67%
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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Default What does an average competition cost you?

What I am looking for is how much do you typically spend on average per event?

This includes Entry Fee, Gas, Tolls, Food, Beer, Comp Food, Charcoal, Wood, Pellets, Sauces, Rubs, Foil, Cleaners New Utensils...Everything!

Best Guesses'll be interesting to see what the "Winners" have to say.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:05 PM   #2
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This weekend we are spending $485 on everything including gas and we are driving 550 miles round trip. This is about what we spend everywhere except the American Royal.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:05 PM   #3
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I'd guess $600-800 depending on how far we travel for us.
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:06 PM   #4
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about 650 we try and make about half it back in peoples choice
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:09 PM   #5
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$800+ when we do an MBN and under $500 when we do IBCA
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Old 02-10-2011, 05:17 PM   #6
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Probably right around $600.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:29 PM   #7
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For the average contest we spend about $750 or so at KCBS and around $1800 for a MBN contest (those whole hogs add up!) Obviously, driving distance, entrance fees and the like can add or subtract up to $400 to a contest.
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:50 PM   #8
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95% of the comps I do average $250.00 in expenses the rest run between $300-$350 with Pasadena running $600.00 (That includes two nights at a Holiday Inn Express).
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Old 02-10-2011, 06:55 PM   #9
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We spend about $1,000.00 per KCBS event. That includes entry fee, travel, (2) hotels, competition food, meals, and alcohol.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:45 PM   #10
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Default Would spreading the payouts...bring more money and competition?

Lets say a contest pays $10,000.

Overall Top 5 Get Paid:
GC - Gets $2000
RGC - Gets $1200
3rd - Gets $400
4th - Gets $240
5th - Gets $160

Would you consider those payouts weak for 1st & 2nd?

Category Gets:
1st - $400
2nd -$300
3rd - $200
4th - $150
5th - $100
6th - $90
7th - $80
8th - $70
9th - $60
10th - $50

In a scenario like this...I would say that probably 3-4 teams would make money or break even. Possibly another 4-6 teams would recover at least half of their expenses.

My opinion is this...if an event has a lot of teams competing (50 or more), there are probably 3-5 teams that could say they had the best stuff on that day IMO. However, with different judging tables, no matter weak or strong, the top can be separated by only a few points.

Currently, it seems like 2-3 people make money or break even and 2-3 teams might get half back, maybe. I compete with a team that has had some pretty good success, but in a comp with 70 teams and getting 3 mid range category calls and a finish less than 2nd...we walked with a $100. 1 bad table away from making some real noise (chicken was good, judges were wrong). In this scenario, we would have walked with $440 and probably only lost $250. Instead, we eat $650 and walk back with so many trophies it looks like we robbed a senior bowling league.

Trophies are nice, but I'd rather compete more often.

Are more people in favor of winner take all (McCain/Palin) or share the wealth (Obama/Biden)?

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Old 02-10-2011, 07:56 PM   #11
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Lots of time & patience.........
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:57 PM   #12
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That's a good payout schedule. The GC, RGC and categories are typical for this area.

We often see a fifth category. We never see payment down 5 overall in a 10k comp.

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Old 02-10-2011, 08:00 PM   #13
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About $700 to $800 depending on how far we travel.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:02 PM   #14
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We do about $500 a contest in KCBS. $700 for a MBN. And about $8500 for Memphis in May That's Gas, Meat, Entry, Booze, well everything...

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Old 02-10-2011, 08:06 PM   #15
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