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In Reply to: Winnipeg organizer "snatch & grab" unfortunate posted by Ponderosa BBQ on August 18, 2012 at 17:36:59:
Good afternoon everyone. In the interest of our event, our sponsors, volunteers, The KCBS, and barbeque competitions right across Canada I would like to respond to this recent post by Moe Cason of Ponderosa Barbeque. This post is intended only to explain the reason behind our Saturday 11 am cut-off for setup.
I want to start by giving a brief overview of the state of bbq in Canada. Barbeque competitions in Canada (with the exception of a few) are relatively new to this country, and although many of our competitors are well seasoned pitmasters we are finally starting to give them a number of venues to compete. Barbeque competitions are also very new to many of our potential sponsors, and we all know that it would be impossible to run a competition on team registration fees alone. The more we can do to popularize an event, the more sponsorship dollars available, and (most important to you, the teams) the more prize money available. We simply could not offer a $10,000.00 purse otherwise. I encourage you to view our website to see all that was offered for 2012. Believe me, it wasn't just mere bragging rights.
Barbeque competitions have become hugely popular with the public. The public expects to see teams in their places when they stroll the competition area and we need to create a safe area for them to stroll. We could not meet the publicís expectations without the Saturday 11 am rule in place. The rule may seem trivial to some, but for us it is an important rule that helps to provide safety and best value for the public. This rule has not only disappointed Moe, but has also disappointed other American teams who contacted me wishing to compete in Marshall, Minnesota as well as Winnipeg. It was an unfortunate decision but one that had to be made and I make no apology for it. I hope you can understand the delicate position I was in.
With all that said, I feel that all that is left to do in this matter is to express my heartfelt appreciation to the teams that travelled from all parts of Canada and the United States to help support our event. I canít thank you enough.
Director of Barbeque Events
Winnipeg Barbeque and Blues Festival
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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