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Unread 07-17-2012, 01:15 PM   #1
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Unhappy We are really having a hard time out here...

...drawing enough teams for our events to make them qualifiers. Even our first year events are only drawing 11 teams...kinda sad! Anyone notice an attendance downturn in your neck of the woods?
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Unread 07-17-2012, 01:33 PM   #2
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They all seem up here around Tennessee
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JD with the weather we are having in the midwest this summer I would move to your neck of the woods in a heartbeat! The heat is killing us out here and making BBQ comps a struggle. As for a downturn, the 7 contests we have cooked the numbers have been pretty good. I would say 75% full! But keep in mind we have many contests within 3 hours on KC every weekend. Sorry to hear you guys can not get teams out your way!

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...drawing enough teams for our events to make them qualifiers. Even our first year events are only drawing 11 teams...kinda sad! Anyone notice an attendance downturn in your neck of the woods?
Haven't seen a big loss of teams..actually Costa Mesa set the state record last month with 68 teams..only one event saw a huge downturn and that was Morgan Hill..they went from the biggest to average 65 to 43..the rest at least in So Cal have been 40-50 on average..Dana Point this year will probably hit 60+ no problem.
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ya southern california is booming. I'd like to make it up there and cook, seems you have a really short season though. Headed up there in october wish there was a comp to cook up there then
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Booming here - comps are selling out and new ones are popping up everywhere.
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I think the numbers for a comp are about the same but I see a significant number of comps from a few years ago that no longer exist. About half of the contest I judged two years ago do not exist anymore. keith
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Haven't seen a big loss of teams..actually Costa Mesa set the state record last month with 68 teams..only one event saw a huge downturn and that was Morgan Hill..they went from the biggest to average 65 to 43..the rest at least in So Cal have been 40-50 on average..Dana Point this year will probably hit 60+ no problem.

According to the National BBQ Rankings database, CA has had the 6th most bbq contests since 2006. I was surprised to see that and they certainly have been coming hard this season. You also see a lot more double header weekends in CA...more than anywhere else.
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...drawing enough teams for our events to make them qualifiers. Even our first year events are only drawing 11 teams...kinda sad! Anyone notice an attendance downturn in your neck of the woods?

it may have to do with the weather?




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According to the National BBQ Rankings database, CA has had the 6th most bbq contests since 2006. I was surprised to see that and they certainly have been coming hard this season. You also see a lot more double header weekends in CA...more than anywhere else.
Interesting fact..we are looking at the most ever here this year..our state is so big is part of it and weather is a factor too..plus it's growing here very quickly.
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Attendance is down up here too. If we are able to keep the same comps next year, I would be surprised.
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Very much so..we basically have no off season..we cooked new year and again at the end of Jan in Havasu..Northern Cal has a lot more rain than down south but it's still bearable to cook in than heavy snow..also a lot of teams from So Cal make the trips to Nv and Az more often.
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Attendance is up in the center of the country. After 15 contests, my average contest size is 57.
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Let's not forget that CA had one contest with a whopping 4 teams. Mostly due to a lack of communication between the organizer and teams.

It is great to have so many contests relatively close. I had planned to do around 5. Right now, I'm at 7 and will cook at least 10 this year, all within 100 miles of home. Sure beats those 6 to 10 hour drives.

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JD - I think the PNWBA needs to relook at some of the prize pools. I'm looking at competing next year there and probably won't do that many contests. Looking at the August - October schedule, only 4 contests have total payouts over $5k. When I look at the Portland OR IPA contest with a pool of 4k, if I pulled one out of my a$$ and won all four events, I'd walk with $1,250 in total with the GC prize. No one is doing this for money, but I'd be dropping 500-1k to just pull out of the drive way (150 entry + 120 in gas + 300 in meat + supplies), be lucky to break even as the GC, and still have a 8 hour round trip to be staring at. Next year, I'll probably hit the big payout tournaments and possibly some that are close, but chances of me driving to OR, MT etc. for 3-5k prize pools is pretty close to none. Its tough to push on the contests, but to get Jack 25 numbers, got to have some prizes to entice me to come out and drive the distance.
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