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Old 07-19-2007, 03:48 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by swamprb View Post
I asked this same question back in January when I was collecting stuff to get started. Still collecting, took a couple cooking classes, judged a couple comps, meeting teams and defintely have the itch to get started.

Sorry Brian. I didn't mean to step on your thread. I looked for a similar thread but did not see yours.

Thanks for all of the responses. I don't feel so bad now as it would appear we're in a reasonable range.

So let me get this straight. We brethren spent countless days of preparation, hours of travel, and upwards of $1,000 for the privilege of cooking food for people we don't know under sometimes deplorable conditions to be subjected to sometimes unfair critcism with the hope of being validated by hearing our name called. And then because it makes so much sense we repeat the process several times each year.

What is wrong with us?
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:09 PM   #17
somebody shut me the fark up.
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No problem Paul! This is definitely my learning year.

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Old 07-19-2007, 11:53 PM   #18
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I had no idea of the costs involved with competition. I have lots more to learn about this before I jump in.
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Old 07-20-2007, 04:48 AM   #19
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Our first competition is next week and since it's just my wife & I there is no one to split the cost with. I don't even want to thing about what we've spent on "stuff". It all adds up quick.
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Old 07-20-2007, 06:27 AM   #20
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:14 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by The Pickled Pig View Post
To date, we've assigned categories to individuals on the team for each contest. Each person has been responsible for a specific category and we've shared in the overhead expenses. We're trying something new this weekend for a contest in that we're taking a team approach to each category and centralizing all expenses. One thing this has already done is given us an idea of exactly how much we spend to do a contest. Up to now, I had little idea of the total money we as a team actually spend.

I'm wondering how much money everyone spends in an average KCBS contest. I realize different contests have different expenses. Our American Royal expenses last year were off the charts. But this is a small contest (maybe 40 teams) and we're not doing any entertainment. Without including any personal expenses (like beer) or entertainment expenses like Friday night food. Just to enter the 4 main categories we've spent just over $500 (including food, supplies, and the $150 entry fee but not including any capital cost for equipment and gear). Is this reasonable or are we going overboard?

It seems high to me. Over the years we've become accustomed to some luxury items and I know we could trim some of the costs if needed. But I was just wondering what everyone else spends for a typical contest?

Our next contest will be Clovis. It is about 230 miles from Pasadena.

Entry fee-$250
Motel-2 nights $125-150 for my team mates.(Hard to see your 81 year old mother sleep on the asphalt! )
Extra items-$100

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Old 07-20-2007, 06:38 PM   #22
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Can only speak for IBCA comps.

This weekend at West (1 hour from home) the entry fee will be $190, that includes $10 for the kids cookoff Friday night plus $30 for electricity.

Meat will cost us:

$6 a rack of St. Louis cut spare ribs (I'll cook about 6 racks because I can therefore about $36)

Brisket will cost us about $25 to $35 depending on whether I cook two or three.

Chicken will cost about $20 because I will cook a few Friday night and two on saturday for turn-ins.

I will pick up one nice size pork loin at COSTCO and have it cut in 3/4" cuts of which my daughter will do her kids category on friday night. That should cost about $30.

$25 for ice and charcoal

$25 for spices, sauces, etc.....

Therefore $190+$36+$35+$20+$30+$25+$25=$361

This will feed us for the remainder of the week though, so I could possibly knock off half of the meat costs, but won't.

+$200 for booze
+$20 for gas

Pit and travel trailer costs, don't have to count, do they?
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:18 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by tony76248 View Post

+$200 for booze

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Old 07-20-2007, 07:41 PM   #24
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yeah only $200, we have had to cut back.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:02 PM   #25
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We just spent about $450.00 for the one we were in last weekend. $250.00 entry, $130 meat(trimmed flat vs packer), the rest was food and gas for lighting the charcoal, charcoal and wood. Contest was only 20 miles from home so that helped.
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Old 07-22-2007, 12:47 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Jeff_in_KC View Post
If I had to spend $1000 per contest, I'd be able to do a grand total of TWO or THREE per year. Holy chit!! We do around $400 plus gas here.
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Old 07-22-2007, 01:12 PM   #27
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i would say 500-600 which we are gonna cut down some, entry fees and meat and gas is always a given along with what we call perishables kingsford,foil, and such but we seem to buy to much stuff for us to eat and drink and such and usually only use half of that. so we will cut back on personal stuff.
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Old 07-22-2007, 02:27 PM   #28
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Entry fees , food (both for eating and comp) beer, drinks, foil pans.etc,etc,etc,
probably around $500.00, doesnt sound like a lot but when you are a 2 man team it adds up not to include upgrades or replacement on equipment,tents etc.. ouch I shouldnt have even thought about it!
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:37 PM   #29
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I am contemplating getting into the comp. scene next year. This thread helps me to see what everyone else spends on comps, which will, I hope, help me to be prepared financially.
Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-11-2007, 06:52 PM   #30
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I have kinda given up on the $$ thing.

Mrs Kapn picked up some stuff on Sat--said "here is your receipt".
My reply--"Trash it---I really don't want to know anymore"!

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