I did the MIM event in DC last year and it was very expensive to start with and the Dog and Pony show I had to do took much of my time and effort and possibly away from my competing with my Food.
Here I am talking to one of the Judges in my simple EMPTY booth. lol
Then I sat them down to have a taste and talk some more crap. lol My wife said they never blinked as I laid it on thick.
They did give a nice trophy tho.
I talked my way past the fact I didn't have the fricking stages people build at their booth. Yes, White Picket Fences, Tiki Bars and Frontier Ares and all kinds of stuff. That's not BBQ. Heck the Major MIM Contest they spend Thousands of $ on permenant Booths. That's crazy
Of all the 3 groups I have competed under [KCBS, MIM, IBCA] I like the IBCA [Internation Barbeque Cookers Association] the best. You turn in meat in a box. PERIOD. No garnish like in KCBS, and no Booth Judging like MIM. They run most in Texas but sometimes there is one here in Virginia. Great contest. For Chicken..you turn in a 1/2 of Chicken. Not pieces. That's cool too.