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Old 08-03-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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It was brought to my attention that we needed a thread for this to so I will start with a few and you guys ad more as they come to you.

1.) Send in your entries sooner than later. It is very hard to plan a contest when you are worried you might not have enough teams. I know of several contests that canceled this year because the got worried they would loose money.

2.) Don't blame the organizer for bad weather! Grass turns into mud in a hurry and they have no control of it. Be prepared and deal with it.

3.) Don't ask stupid questions the have already been addressed in an info packet! If no information packets provided feel free to ask.

4.) Worry about your self, don't complain because somebody's spot is better than yours or he is closer to turn ins than you are.

5.) If you have a problem don't be an A-hole, it won't help!

6.) Don't make the organizer have to tell you to keep it down after quiet hours, you know better. Be courteous!

7.) Offer volunteers water, beer and food. They are doing this for free and you need them!

8.) Judges are our Friends, not our enemies! Invite them into your spot on Friday night and ask how the food was after turn ins on Saturday.

9.) If a contest was good, help spread the word for the organizer. Most of them work there butt off.

10.) Interact with the public, most of them don't know how it all works.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:27 AM   #2
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well said...
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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7.) Offer volunteers water, beer and food. They are doing this for free and you need them!
Yeahhhh, no. I don't hand out libations to people I don't know. Volunteers fueled by beer on golf carts or Gators is a really bad idea.
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:22 AM   #4
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Way to go Shane!

And a special "Thanx" for you point #8 .
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Old 08-03-2012, 11:28 AM   #5
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We would have a lot better comps if folks followed your two lists. Preach it!
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11. Be mindful that not everyone wants to hear your music as much as you do!!!
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:30 PM   #7
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Yeahhhh, no. I don't hand out libations to people I don't know. Volunteers fueled by beer on golf carts or Gators is a really bad idea.
Water/pop before turn ins, beer after! I think that is a fair compromise. It also a good way to get to know people.
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Old 08-04-2012, 08:16 AM   #8
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And, if you don't mind, a bit of a modification to 3:

READ the info packet and/or the contest flyer!

I *know* a lot of the stuff is going to be the same as the last contest you cooked, but every contest has its own particulars - don't be shocked if you find that a contest won't let the cooks leave immediately after awards for one reason or another, you've got to park your truck about a mile from your cooksite, etc. If you still have questions after reading the packet, ASK.

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Old 08-04-2012, 08:58 AM   #9
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It was brought to my attention that we needed a thread for this to so I will start with a few and you guys ad more as they come to you.

1.) Send in your entries sooner than later. It is very hard to plan a contest when you are worried you might not have enough teams. I know of several contests that canceled this year because the got worried they would loose money.
Thank you Shane. If I could add, when a contest has a deadline to enter the contest, make sure you have signed up BEFORE the deadline, not AFTER the deadline. Finding spaces, judges, and all the extras for a team that decides to enter one day before the start of a cookoff is very hard on the organizer. Thanks again Shane, you are a good friend.
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13. You are responsible for your guest. Your arse should get DQed, if one of your guest or you for that matter is disturbing other teams due to their inability to hold their liquor and the organizer has to be called.
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Yeahhhh, no. I don't hand out libations to people I don't know. Volunteers fueled by beer on golf carts or Gators is a really bad idea.
Really?

Well what about the guy that has been lugging away all the bags full of trash and would like to have a frosty one before he heads home? Or the electrician that made sure the breakers didn't trip during the downpour in the middle of the night?

Number 7 doesn't say "get strangers operating machinery intoxicated". Offering a volunteer food drink or a beer certainly does not make for "volunteers fueled by beer"
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11. Be mindful that not everyone wants to hear your music as much as you do!!!
As a spectator that is a huge drag at comps. I do not know what you cooks have to put up with on Friday night so I have no comment. I will say the DJ / team need to keep the volume down a lot ( talk about wanting to cut the cord ) its annoying as heck!
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It was brought to my attention that we needed a thread for this to so I will start with a few and you guys ad more as they come to you.

1.) Send in your entries sooner than later. It is very hard to plan a contest when you are worried you might not have enough teams. I know of several contests that canceled this year because the got worried they would loose money.

2.) Don't blame the organizer for bad weather! Grass turns into mud in a hurry and they have no control of it. Be prepared and deal with it.

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4.) Worry about your self, don't complain because somebody's spot is better than yours or he is closer to turn ins than you are.

5.) If you have a problem don't be an A-hole, it won't help!

6.) Don't make the organizer have to tell you to keep it down after quiet hours, you know better. Be courteous!

7.) Offer volunteers water, beer and food. They are doing this for free and you need them!

8.) Judges are our Friends, not our enemies! Invite them into your spot on Friday night and ask how the food was after turn ins on Saturday.

9.) If a contest was good, help spread the word for the organizer. Most of them work there butt off.

10.) Interact with the public, most of them don't know how it all works.

very much agree.....what about offering Patron to anyone that walks in our tent?....is that over the top?
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Old 08-05-2012, 07:01 PM   #14
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I hope I dont ruffle feathers here but, how bout if you have a generator that is louder than a train maybe keep it closer to where you are trying to sleep rather than close to my canopy I MIGHT be trying to close my eyes under
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