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Unread 01-03-2008, 08:42 AM   #1
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I have thought of entering a tiny little local comp. It has a $100 entry fee, plus the meat and other expense. No sanctioning. GC prize is a $50 gift cert. to a local restaurant. Other "winners" get cheap trophy. I think about 10 teams competed last year, their first year to have the comp.

Entry seems high to me.

My ? is.... is this high or about right? What to the bigger/sanctioned comps cost?

Maybe I'll see about volunteering as a judge instead of cooking. Thoughts on that?

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Unread 01-03-2008, 09:12 AM   #2
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For the payout it extremely high I would not do it myself unless it was to support a charity that I cared about then I would consider it a donation. I normally only do sanctioned competitions and the cheapest one I do is $125 and the most expensive being around $200. The payouts range from $1000 and up to the GC. If it were me I would make a donation to the charity (assuming there is a charity involved) and judge the contest.
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Unread 01-03-2008, 09:33 AM   #3
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Skip it...

If its KCBS categories... I know it takes me about $125 in meat/rub/charcoal/wood/sauce... that would be $225 + gas before awards...

Even winning that contest you aren't breaking even...
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Go for it! If you win something, you win something, if you don't, you don't. That's the price everybody pays when entering a competition. Whether it be sanctioned or not, there's no way anyone can predict if they would break even at a contest. THAT is out of the cooks hands and into the judges. It's local, I'm sure it will be fun, why not? You can have your family/friends come out, you get to cook, maybe try a new recipe or something along those lines. Sometimes you just gotta say, "What the fark?"
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If you think that you will enjoy it, why not?

It is still less expensive than when I take my family of 4 to a Yankees baseball game or a Broadway show!
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I can see that side, you are going to have fun... could spend that money in a lot worse ways.

I think of it a little like a casino, the money I spend, I consider spent already. I know I'm going to have a good time cooking/ gambling. At a casino I know there is a pretty good chance I'm giong home with nothing... but there is that slim chance I break even or win a little money.

For me, that small chance is where some of the fun comes from... not all, but some.
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I have thought of entering a tiny little local comp. It has a $100 entry fee, plus the meat and other expense. No sanctioning. GC prize is a $50 gift cert. to a local restaurant. Other "winners" get cheap trophy. I think about 10 teams competed last year, their first year to have the comp.

Entry seems high to me.

My ? is.... is this high or about right? What to the bigger/sanctioned comps cost?

Maybe I'll see about volunteering as a judge instead of cooking. Thoughts on that?

Thanks
Well I just wish I could find some comps for $ 100 . here they range around $ 200 or better. But I say go for it , I would. For me I enjoy going out there and enjoying the weekend and fixing BBQ or what ever it might be. Its always nice to see old friends and make new ones. I look at it this way we are all family extended as we may be , so ist kinda like a family reunion for me in a way . Do I like to win you betcha but there is more to it than that to me. I am most comfortable around a pit or a camp site .
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Most comps around here are $200-$250 range. I think it would be good practice and you'll most likely learn something and have fun.
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If it were local and it was supporting the formation of a sanctioned comp, I'd do it.
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Go for it why not!!?? You can practice all you want in your driveway for a sanctioned comp and still have no clue what you are going up against. Consider it a competitve practice and get a feel for what you need to have with you, what needs to happen and when, and what it is like with a bit of pressure on you.
If you can afford it go for it.
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If proceeds go to a charity that you support, go for it. Otherwise, skip it.

Competition is fun but if there isn't even a chance of winning, what's the point?

We have backyard competitions here in Cali but we don't charge any entry fees. The prizes are apple pies, cookies and brownies and anything else that might get donated. We get to practice and the people in the neighborhood get fed. Everyone one is happy in that situation.

But to pay $100 for a chance to win $50 just doesn't make sense in my small mind.
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The monies don't add up. If it were me I'd find something else.
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Go for it why not!!?? You can practice all you want in your driveway for a sanctioned comp and still have no clue what you are going up against. Consider it a competitve practice and get a feel for what you need to have with you, what needs to happen and when, and what it is like with a bit of pressure on you.
If you can afford it go for it.

Hey when did you get the spicewine?????
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I say, if it's for a charity, go for it. If it's for some guy trying to sell beer at his icehouse, tell him to fark himself and cough up some yen.
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I'd want to know where the money is going first. S
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