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How far will you travel for a local competition?
0 - 50 miles
5%
 5%  [ 2 ]
51 - 100 miles
30%
 30%  [ 12 ]
101 - 200 miles
40%
 40%  [ 16 ]
201 - 400 miles
25%
 25%  [ 10 ]
Total Votes : 40

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12 11 11:37 am    Post subject: How far will you travel for a local competition? Reply with quote

So how local is really local.

I'm sure I'm in the same boat as lots of other teams, especially out in the West, there are some local competitions inside 100 miles, looks like there may be 4 or 5 within that range this year.

But to travel 476 miles for a local competition is a little extreme, that is the distance I'd have had to travel for the nearest of the Sam's Club contests.

Some will think I'm moaning about that, I'm not, but some will still think it, that aside, please answer the poll about how far you are willing to travel to local contests!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12 11 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure what separates a local competition from one that you go cook. We put over 10K miles on the smoker last year and every competition we cooked was a local contest....some of them just weren't local to us. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12 11 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoEzzy, I know what you mean. The majority of our contests are two hours or more to each comp. Many are closer to four hours which is about 250 miles one way and we we hit at least 8-10 comps a year. We mainly choose our comps based on money and how well we can do. I will go to a comp 300 miles or so if it is one that is cool or something that I want to be a part of...Like Demopolis Alabama or the American Royal open. In other words we pick our comps based on atmosphere.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12 11 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also agree with you SoEzzy, but we are a little more fortunate here. Most of the comps I go to are within 2-3 hours. But for the Sam's Club I could've went to Mn which is around 4 hours away or go to another comp in Marshalltown which is about 2 hours away.
Then if I were fortunate enough to qualify for the regionals, that would be in Indianapolis, which is around 8 hours. For me this is a hobby....8 hours is to far to go for a hobby.....unless it was the Jack!! Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12 11 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are lucky in the fact where we live there are all the comps we care to cook at within a 100 mile range. Life is good. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12 11 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The funny thing was 476 miles was the nearest of the local ones, and the longest distance to the local ones was 200 miles more! Shocked Rolling Eyes Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13 11 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is exactly why it makes me so sad that I won't be able to cook at the Heber City event this year. Probably the closest cookoff to home I'll see this year and I won't be able to participate. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13 11 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

crashpilot wrote:
This is exactly why it makes me so sad that I won't be able to cook at the Heber City event this year. Probably the closest cookoff to home I'll see this year and I won't be able to participate. Sad


Yup even the Huntsville is going to be an extra 70 - 80 miles or through to SLC for the Fire Water and Ice, or the Rock and Ribs must be an extra 50 or 60 miles.

Are you going to do Craig, CO this year? That was a 360 mile run last year, but was a good way to round out the end of the competition season, meet some old and new friends and have a great time.

Then they dropped the Fox Hole event on us for October and that was a rush but fun too, that event is a whole 3/4 mile from my house!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13 11 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are no "local comps" here during my off catering season.

So for me it's travel involving long distance usually combined with a vacation! Razz

Of course "YMMV" never held truer on that account! Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13 11 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK so I know you even traveled 2200 miles one way last year to just one competition BBQMAN, but the fly in's don't really count, even though the whole thing made you a winner in my book! Razz Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14 11 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have to travel a minimum of 3 hours to get to any comp near us. We put 9438 miles on vehicles last year travelling to comps. Some as far away as 1000+ miles roundtrip to 360 miles round trip. So I guess local is just a state of mind.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14 11 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty scary when you have to win Reserve Grand Champion just to cover gas, beer, and meat.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14 11 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoEzzy wrote:
Are you going to do Craig, CO this year? That was a 360 mile run last year, but was a good way to round out the end of the competition season, meet some old and new friends and have a great time.

Craig is the weekend right after Worland and trying to do both would simply be too much. But the timing for the Laramie cookoff looks pretty good this year. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 14 11 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

im going to do a couple this year, but im basing it more on the time rather than miles. i put a 2 hour limit on drive time.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15 11 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me, local is 100 miles or less...

I can do around 10 a year and stay in that radius...
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15 11 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah I would say 100 miles or less. This year I will say less than that, Im on hiatus from bbq for awhile......
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15 11 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I for sure go way further than 100 miles to compete, but to be local for me, it's 100 miles or less...

Stillwater
Bixby
Claremore
Sallisaw
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AOB Tulsa
Ponca
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If you want to bump it to 120 miles, another 5 or 6 would be added...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16 11 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i guess i am lucky here, i put 944 miles on 2 cars to each of 5 contests we did and that includes the supply run mileage before each contest. i used to think that they were to far away but after reading this i think i am spoiled Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26 11 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the forum with your second post in a month.

Seeing as this poll was about local competition distances, I really don't appreciate the offer of a contest over 2,000 miles away, but thanks for thinking of us anyway, someone may think that's local and attend!

Driving directions to Ottawa, ON, Canada
1 day 11 hours
I-80 E
2,182 mi
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