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Old 03-21-2012, 08:24 PM   #1
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I've had several people ask me what the situation is at Sam's Club events for spectators... I could answer for most "normal" competitions, but what's going on for specs at the Sams Club Events?

Thanks in advance...

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Old 03-21-2012, 08:30 PM   #2
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Last year they had a demo with Troy Black for spectators, so they (spectators) are more than welcome.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:37 PM   #3
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There were quite a few in tampa. We were told not to give out samples but it was going on and the public loved it
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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Dunno what is happening this year, but in Marietta in 2011 there were no public spectators beyond the people who had come to shop anyway and the Sam's Club employees themselves who had no idea what was going on.

EDIT - that was the Marietta, Georgia event, in the NW Atlanta metro area.

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Old 03-22-2012, 06:34 AM   #5
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Troy Black is putting on his demonstrations as he did last year, beginning at about 1:00pm. Tyson is also there with wing samples, and one other group is there grilling steaks and passing out samples. Sampling is from 11:00am till 4:00pm.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:55 AM   #6
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Both years "spectators" have wandered into my tent and tried to sample something that was on my cutting board just about to be boxed.

This year was worse as I was right next to Troy's trailer. In fact, after informing them that I was not allowed to give out samples I then had to answer about why the others in my tent were eating.

After explaining that they were friends and family I was told that I was a liar and the extended palm remained out asking for chow. Calling me a liar and saying "gimme" is not the best technique for getting me to give in.

I considered whacking the spectator with my cutting board but figured hitting a 70 something year old woman would be frowned upon...
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:33 PM   #7
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Both years "spectators" have wandered into my tent and tried to sample something that was on my cutting board just about to be boxed.

This year was worse as I was right next to Troy's trailer. In fact, after informing them that I was not allowed to give out samples I then had to answer about why the others in my tent were eating.

After explaining that they were friends and family I was told that I was a liar and the extended palm remained out asking for chow. Calling me a liar and saying "gimme" is not the best technique for getting me to give in.

I considered whacking the spectator with my cutting board but figured hitting a 70 something year old woman would be frowned upon...
Funny, sounds like Laurel, MD. Not much for the public and boy were they mean when you said no.
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:22 PM   #8
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sounds like it'll be a 4 walls up kinda day.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:49 PM   #9
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Everybody was very respectfull in Traverse City and Indianapolis last year.
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Old 03-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #10
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sounds like it'll be a 4 walls up kinda day.
I think it really depends on where you are at. Last year I had a spot outside of everyone else facing the parking lot. Try to avoid this...

This year, I was right next to Troy's demo and 3 sample booths. Understandable for folks to walk up and think I was doing the same.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:04 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info guys... Looking forward to it tomorrow... Sounds like building boxes inside the trailer or having "4 walls up" might not be a bad idea on Sat
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Without the spectators Sam's Club wouldn't even have this tournament.
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Without the spectators Sam's Club wouldn't even have this tournament.
i'd strongly disagree. these are comps, not "events".

no PC, no vendors, no entertainment, no show, etc.

there is zero spectator draw.

if by spectators you mean sam's customers, well, then i'd agree. but they ain't there because we're cooking.
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Old 03-22-2012, 07:26 PM   #14
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So, why would Sam's Club do this event if they don't want spectators -- or at least don't want them to get free samples?

Wait, what was I thinking? The Walton's don't allow anyone to get something for free. I'm sure they only want to draw people into their stores to BUY things. If it doesn't make the Walton family richer, they want nothing to do with it.

My feeling is, let the participating teams give out samples, if they want to. If I were competing, I'd get almost as big a kick out of lots of people telling me they like my que, as I would get winning something.

Maybe this is yet another reason I don't feel drawn to competition BBQ.

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Old 03-22-2012, 07:29 PM   #15
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There were some vendors in Pittsburgh showing products, but very, very few people coming over to see what was going on in the parking lot. No problem with people begging for food when there are no spectators.
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