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Unread 01-18-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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Hi,

Let's assume that there is an event coming up where YOU can dictate the entry fee. The only catch is that the prize $ is coming out of that entry fee.

The range could be from $0.00 to $250.00.

There would be other ancillary prizes, such as trophies/medals.

What would you choose as the entry fee?

This would be a full BBQ contest that was a NY State Championship.

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BTW, this is a lot less hypothetical than I may have intimated.
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Unread 01-18-2013, 05:05 PM   #2
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I think you should put it at least $100/150. Gives some sort of payout to those that win. You have to look at the teams on L.I. That are chasing the dream, big payouts etc.. (some are doing quite well) my team is not one of those, but we still like to compete. There many teams out here that would probably do it especially If it fit with the calendar.we would do it if it did.
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Unread 01-18-2013, 06:05 PM   #3
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250. Merrimack has one of the lowest entry fees in the area, and the smallest prize pool. You know what people think of that. Beating 40 teams in a category to win 20 bucks? Meh. Entry fee is the lowest expense of a competition, make it worth our while.
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Unread 01-19-2013, 07:54 AM   #4
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I think 200-250 is fair. That gets you a prize pool of between 5-8k in prize money. I am assuming u will be able to get 25 teams minimum which seems fairly easy on long island. I am also in favor of calls down to 10th place. Even tho it's only a ribbon, for some teams it feels good to hear your name, especially the new teams and hell, I think it's pretty cool to.
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I think $200 is pretty fair. Not sure if you're considering a 20 X 20 with an up charge for larger sites as is the case with most contests in the area. If supplying water and electric (for that price) the utilities have to be reliable even at that price. Many established teams can operate without a contest supplying it, but newer teams are at a significant disadvantage if there are water and electric issues. That truly makes it a fair playing field. This may be getting too far into it, but that's how I roll. Matt
...I agree with Paul. The 1st-10th place calls is key. The more opportunities to get a call, the better.
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$200-250 is acceptable. Then potential prize pool is worth the effort and cost of the meat. (hell... I'd do it for no prize pool )
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$250. If it was $0, then it might as well just be a bash, or a charity cook.
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$200 is a nice round number, imo. Calls to 10th good as long as there are 25 or more teams.
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I agree with the $200-$250, maybe more if you need a larger space, if you provide water/electric, etc. Cost of meats and supplies, hauling gear, etc - it is just nice for a chance to win a few bucks to help reduce your cost of supplies if you get a top 5 call or two.

As others said, otherwise, let's do a charity cook - which is fine by me, but that is more of a party/bash for a good cause.

If meats were supplied through a sponsor I'd be ok with a lower entry cost and lower pay outs - but that is likely a pipe dream. And personally, I'd rather select my own meats, but to each his own.
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i think with it being a state championship you could try a $0 entry fee. you may get a different caliber of teams than the ones that can regularly expect a GC or RGC and take home $2500, but a reduced fixed cost of $200-$250 for a comp would be intriguing.
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The Polocks vote for $200 to $250.......I hope it's before mid May.
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If I am reading your post right, I would elect $200-$250. If I am going to spend the weekend competing, then I don't think I would pass on the chance to win prize money by low balling the entry fee.

I suppose if I lived in a region that had more comps, thus stretching my dollars, I might select $0, but up here there just aren't enough comps to get overly concerned with the entry fee.
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Im glad YOU all understand the questions, cause i dont git it.

fees around here are usually 200-250, so whats the question?

Also, most of these contests have minimal sponsorships, so the bulk of the entry fees goes into the prize pool anyway(manorville only subtracts the KCBS fees).

as far as paying to 10th place, im good with paying $$ to 5th, and medals to 10th.

if your offfering to let teams dictate their OWN entry fee. pffffttt.
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Unread 01-20-2013, 07:40 AM   #15
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After reading Phil's post, which I couldn't understand why he was confused, I finally see his confusion. There has to be a minimum entry fee starting point to cover costs, unless those will be covered. So I guess additional info is needed as to what your minimum costs will be.
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