How did you fare in the chili competition?
Did you get your pull behind master grille yet?
What a bunch of crap it was.
Even though we were the first one to show up, we were told that "these" tables are reserved. So we were down at the end of the hall. Most people walked in, got some quarters, and then made their way down the row. Problem was that many after tasting 6 or 8 chili samples, just simply stopped and then went to the booth to vote.
So the "reserved" tables right inside the door, had many more taste their chili. The winner was based on "votes", mainly from people who only tasted a portion of the offerings. The "reserved" tables also seemed to be for those from the church that was cohosting the event. So whether I had the best chili in the world, people voted on who they wanted to win, and not really for who had the best chili.
I wrote a rather detailed letter suggesting that there should be a "Judges Winner" as well as a "fan favorite". That way the judges pick a winner of unmarked samples presented. Then the crowds can select who raises the most money for the charity by quarters collected or by open vote.
But the way it was set up, the winner was selected by location, bias, and no actual judges.
I'll never do that crap again. Many were there doing their first contest. Many ticked off people. I will not even consider a contest without knowing in advance the judging criteria.
What should of happened is all contestants should of been there at a certain time, then table assignments should of been selected with a random drawing.
My first contest in doing something worthwhile for a charity, left me very ticked and not willing to do it again.