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Unread 12-08-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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Default Sam's Club National BBQ Tour - 2013

Looks like we will get the low down for 2013 in a couple of weeks.

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We will be announcing the schedule, rules and registration process for the 2013 Sam's Club National BBQ Tour on Dec. 19. Stay tuned!
Any rumors out there if they are changing it up at all? I sure hope MI is represented.
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I was told the regional locations will change.
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Looks like we will get the low down for 2013 in a couple of weeks.

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Any rumors out there if they are changing it up at all? I sure hope MI is represented.
Wonder if they look at the team numbers at the events . 3 of the 5 in our region filled up with healthy wait lists ,the other 2 came up short .But I think reading somewhere thats not so much a factor as is where their business competitors are located?
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i am looking forward to the location announcements. I am already planning next years limited comp schedule and have been holding off until I heard more about Sams before I got very serious in planning.
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It's marked on my calendar
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I have always been surprised that they don't advertise the local events and their business always increases with us in the parking lot.
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Maybe the Northwest gets a date? maybe
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Can't say that I find the Sam's club contest worth the trouble. You guys must have been to a different contest than I went to, it was one of the worst run contests I have attended. They won't be getting me back anytime soon.
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Can't say that I find the Sam's club contest worth the trouble. You guys must have been to a different contest than I went to, it was one of the worst run contests I have attended. They won't be getting me back anytime soon.
Really? I did 3 last year, and they were all well run. The organizer (Troy Black) is also a competitor, he knows how teams think. The only thing that would be nice is running water, but they can't pull that off at all the stores.

The 10 grand we won didn't hurt either.
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Really? I did 3 last year, and they were all well run. The organizer (Troy Black) is also a competitor, he knows how teams think. The only thing that would be nice is running water, but they can't pull that off at all the stores.

The 10 grand we won didn't hurt either.
I suspect that teams in the SE are spoiled by very high quality contests with some of the best organizers around. The bar gets set pretty high here
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I have always been surprised that they don't advertise the local events and their business always increases with us in the parking lot.
They do limited local advertising, but generally only in the target clubs and local radio ads. They aren't set up to handle 20,000 people showing up. We were told they get a 25-30% bump in sales the weekend of the event, and increased club members, which is why it's a good deal for Sam's.

High payouts for us, better sales for them, sounds like a win-win which is why they keep doing it.
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They do limited local advertising, but generally only in the target clubs and local radio ads. They aren't set up to handle 20,000 people showing up. We were told they get a 25-30% bump in sales the weekend of the event, and increased club members, which is why it's a good deal for Sam's.

High payouts for us, better sales for them, sounds like a win-win which is why they keep doing it.
Troy told us about the big bump in sales, and I am sure that is way more than $10k.

The first year was more organized than last year and to be honest we have had crappy power both years, but I like the structure of the competition and will definitely do it again.
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the only thing I wish they would change would be finding 24 judges who really like our food.
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I'd like to see them shuffle the timing of the regions a little so our region isn't stuck with the Sam's events after the cutoff for the Royal again.
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I hope they balance the contests out better in terms of location. Regionals need to be near the center of the geographic area they represent, not near one edge, where some winners have to travel long distance. The whole country also needs to be covered. Sam's also needs to provide water for cook teams. Paying $250 for a contest with no water is a bit extreme. By the way, why does Sam's and KCBS need to keep a team's registration money for several months before a given event? They need to figure out a way for cooks to keep their money longer. I really don't want to give KCBS a loan for 3-6 months. Finally, I think they should better distribute the prize money for the regionals and pay down more places in the categories. Top loading the prizes means a very few teams make money when they compete. Paying down more places means more cooks who travel a long way get some money. In this era of a poor economy, cooks need all the help they can get.
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