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Old 10-22-2007, 11:18 AM   #1
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A great deal of attention is paid by event organizers to what amenities can be provided to competing teams. Often the same attention is aimed at attempting to make the event as palatable as possible for the judges (which after seeing a great deal of hostility towards judges and the judging system here might not be a concern for some teams).

I have never seen any discussions on what could be done to show our appreciation for the Reps and their hard work. I had the pleasure of spending a great deal of time this weekend with Don, Leslie, Jerry and Linda and I was kicking myself for not planning ahead.

So, does anyone have any thoughts on some small but meaningful ways that we can say 'thanks' to the Reps? I guess that right off the bat, we can ensure that they receive whatever the team gets (like 'goodie bags' or tee shirts).

I could have easily stopped and got them the daily paper and coffee or tea. Maybe had a cooler with their favorite soda/drinks in the judging tent.

Thoughts?

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Old 10-22-2007, 11:21 AM   #2
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I gave ours Tequila and gift bags w/ Rubs, sauces, etc....

I know they really wanted the Tequila, though....
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:22 AM   #3
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Good thoughts and thread, Eric.

If they aren't from the area, a special goodie bag with some local or regional favorite foods, etc.
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:26 AM   #4
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I'm with plow boy, make it a personal bag with local stuff. Can even follow up with a small care package sent to their home after the event or the like. Maybe making sure they get specific places and times to eat?
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:32 AM   #5
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Include the teams, too. If they have products, see if they'll donate.
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:23 PM   #6
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I thought reps got paid, but I could very easily be wrong.
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:12 PM   #7
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I thought reps got paid, but I could very easily be wrong.
According to the KCBS, they do not get paid.

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Old 10-22-2007, 06:19 PM   #8
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They for sure get their expenses paid for. I am not sure on any sort of a stipend
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:03 PM   #9
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OK here is the official stuff Offer your reps lots of beer and alcohol during the contest.

REPS get paid huged amounts to go to a contest. Including reimburesement for travel expenses, here is the breakdown.

Travel time: 1 to 8 hours
Friday: Meet and Greet teams, conduct cooks meeting and visit all team in the evening before leaving 6 hours
Saturday Show clock and visit with each team early a.m., conduct Judges meeting, run turn in and judging attend awards 9-10 hours
Travel time home 1 to 8 hours
Avearge contest: Miss one day work, for no pay
and spend 23 hours for contest.
Therefore, I am paid about $6.52 per hour.

Now this is how most REPs do it. OF course if you go to a contest where you never see a rep, well they are overpaid.


Things you can do for your REP.
Unlimited pass to the Beer garden during the event. (Reps are prohibited from consuming alcohol during events.)
We do appreciate a goodie bag, aprons and t-shirts, most contest do take good care of their reps and it is appreciated.

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Old 10-22-2007, 07:18 PM   #10
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Merl,

Thanks for the insight. I'm a little confused. Where does the $6.52 come from? Is that from your mileage? Is that what is being considered here? Or the hotel costs? Or maybe the reps food expenses?

Or is there some other revenue for event reps that I'm not aware of?

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Old 10-22-2007, 10:02 PM   #11
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I think they get paid $150 plus expenses.
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:43 PM   #12
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I think they get paid $150 plus expenses.

That is really odd because I called the KCBS at around 5:10 this evening and the person I was speaking with said that they weren't paid.

Is this a conspiracy? Is the KCBS part of the Illuminati? This goes deeper than I thought!

Or the person at the offices was mistaken. Not quite as glamorous.

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Old 10-22-2007, 11:18 PM   #13
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Either way Jerry and Linda Mullane were worth their weight in gold this weekend. What a wonderful job they did this past weekend and every other contest they rep'ed and we cooked.
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Old 10-23-2007, 01:02 AM   #14
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Either way Jerry and Linda Mullane were worth their weight in gold this weekend. What a wonderful job they did this past weekend and every other contest they rep'ed and we cooked.
I'll second that! They and the Lovely's were great.


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Old 10-23-2007, 06:50 AM   #15
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Yes we do get $150 from KCBS for a contest. This past weekend we had 2 contests, a grilling event on Sat and a KCBS event on Sunday. Therefore cut Merl's number in 1/2. We only get paid 1 time for the weekend. Now at some events we do more work than others. I am not going to get into the regional part of the job. If we didn't love what we were doing we would not do it. BBQers are the best. This is by no means a money making proposition. All of our organizers treat us very well and we appreciate it. Eric you were most attentive to our needs. As long as the organizers do their jobs and get enough judges, have a big enough tent, water, crackers, napkins, and keep the cooks happy our job flows. Thanks to everyone at Sayville for a great event.

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