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Unread 01-07-2008, 08:00 AM   #1
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Last night I signed us up for the 2008 Great American BBQ open contest. Will there be a separate invitational application? Is there a separate entry fee for that contest?

This is our first invitational, so we are a bit clueless.
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Last night I signed us up for the 2008 Great American BBQ open contest. Will there be a separate invitational application? Is there a separate entry fee for that contest?

This is our first invitational, so we are a bit clueless.
The invitational is free. You should get an invitation from them and need to respond. You generally do both and use the same spot. Right now it's also on my calendar.
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The invitational is free. You may want to drop a note to the contest organizer to let them know you will also be cooking the invitational for whatever GC qualified you.
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I think Ford means the invitational is free. In the past, there has been a separate sign up for the invitational. They should send you an invite in the spring.
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The invitational is free. You should get an invitation from them and need to respond. You generally do both and use the same spot. Right now it's also on my calendar.
Oh, so you won't be going to Westmont? Maybe you can take Dr. Porkenstein with you too?
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Oh, so you won't be going to Westmont? Maybe you can take Dr. Porkenstein with you too?
I think you should have the whole A Team at Westmount. I did enjoy it last year but after missing the Royal I want to do the GAB. Now if things change I could still go to Westmount. Probably won't send in money until early April.
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No, I'm going to get them to all go down to the GAB... I have to stay back in Westmont as it's my home contest. But as of now, they have not submitted anything. So I might be heading to the GAB as well. As I am pretty sure I won't be going back to the Royal, I need to get my KC fix...

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Yes, after months of chasing, I was just able to replace them. (It took over 2 months.) The experience from the people that run the Armerican Royal is another matter though. That is the reason I probably won't be going back. They care more about the bottom line, than any cookers they can get. As they told me, we are all replaceable, until of course, they run out of finding replacement cooks.
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I don't blame you for not wanting to go back! I think you'll like the GAB better anyway. I'd love to go back, but thats a log haul. Gonna stay closer to home this year.
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So it sounds like the GAB would be a decent contest?
I'm thinkin' about entering this one. I'm gonna try to get my sis-in-law to enter the hot air balloon rallly too so the empress will have someone to talk to in between work schedules on the food.
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Definatly a good contest that is well run. It will be our third year.

Todd was there a site choice this year? I didn't see one? I like the lot that alot of the brethren were in.
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How do you qualify for the GAB Invi?
How does it compare to the Royal Invi?
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How do you qualify for the GAB Invi?
How does it compare to the Royal Invi?
Pretty much the same way: win a GC at a State Championship.

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Todd was there a site choice this year? I didn't see one? I like the lot that alot of the brethren were in.
No, but I did send an email tonight as suggested here letting them know that we are planning to cook the invitational. In that email, mentioned that we wanted the same spot back.

The GAB was a lot of fun for us last year even though we didn't finish all that great. Its a great value considering the space sizes, ease of getting in/out, and the level of competition. Half the price of the Royal and twice the space. Pretty nice that way.
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I know I will not be going to Westmont. I am not doing any of the Chicago contest. I may go to the GAB, but will have to wait and see.
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