Hoochie-Que Wrote:Dear Fellow BBQ'ers...
It is never "fun" being the one who has to come bearing "bad tidings"... But here, at the "11th hour", we are finding ourselves with some of the "wheels falling off our bus" in regards to the Firehouse BBQ competition scheduled for next weekend... And despite some last minute and hectic "heroics" over the past several days to salvage a competition of some sort for next weekend, the Board of the Intermountain Barbecue Association has had to make the tough decision that we feel it best to "pull the plug" on the Firehouse competition for this year.
I'm truly sorry to hear that!
Hoochie-Que Wrote:I personally find it rather unpleasant to be wearing some egg on my face at this particular moment - especially when things were looking pretty good only 2 weeks ago. But through a series of unfortunate and unforeseen events involving some of the teams involved as well as a couple of the sponsors, we feel the best thing for all parties at this time is to cancel the event.
Having competed and won a competition myself that the UBBQA helped promote a little over a year ago down in Salt Lake City that turned into a disaster financially (I am still owed $1500 from that fiasco), and as secretary/treasurer of the IMBBQA, I have been keeping a very close pulse on our contest to insure that our Association would never repeat the experience that I and other cooks encountered last year. And while our Board members have worked feverishly to hold things together in light of the situations that began to take place over the past 7-10 days now, we have had to come to the collective decision that a little egg on our faces right now is much better than irreversibly damaging relationships and reputations. And so that no one worries, all registration fees from teams and sponsor money received to date will be refunded. Â
The other people still owed money from that event include:
Dragon Smoke (Managing Member)
FrankenSwine & EzzyGore (Managing Members)
Big Pig Parade
Smokin Hot Sistahs (Managing Member)
Utah Smoke (Managing Member)
Team M.O.A.B (Managing Member)
Miss Kitty's Outlaw BBQ
HQ O (Managing Member)
Tumbleweed BBQ (Managing Member)
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There was $5,000 that went unpaid at that contest run by the Brinkerhoff's, the event was promoted on our website, it was not run by the Utah BBQ Association, it was supervised by the KCBS, not the UBBQA, but we do have their acknowledgment, (the Brinkerhoff's), that they owe the debt, and who knows, some day we might live long enough to get paid.
The suggestion that the event was run or miss run by the Utah BBQ Association seems a little too much to swallow, at least your win in that competition took you to the Jack, so you did get some benefit or gain out of the whole thing.
Since that event June 09 the Utah BBQ Association has sanctioned 4 events with the KCBS, this would not have been allowed to happen if the Association was in any way responsible for the debacle at the Wild West BBQ Competition, even when Association events have been for the entry fees only, all the winning teams got paid, and the prize monies and the breakdowns of those prize payouts have been available to all taking part.
Apparently rumors were being spread in Mesquite, that there were problems even after the Fire Water & Ice, that the paper work that enabled Tippy Canoe BBQ Crew to go to the Jack, was not sent in in a timely manner, one of the two KCBS Representatives at the contest delivered the paper work the day after the contest, perhaps the rumor mongers need to employ a 'fact checker' to keep their lies at least partially in line with reality.
If anyone wants to read the whole thing please ask, and I'll be happy to dig out all the old threads and we can rehash the whole thing one more time, PM me or email me I can bring up the threads and place them all out in the open so that any interested parties can read them without having to actually search the forums for them. If fact I'll probably concentrate all those threads pertaining to the Wild West contest in one forum, just to make it simpler for everyone to read and draw their own conclusions, look for a Wild West section in the next couple of days.
Hoochie-Que Wrote:Again, on behalf of our Board, my most sincere apologies that our event has "collapsed" here with only a week to go. But we feel this is the best things for all parties at this time. The site for the Firehouse Cook-Off is beautiful & a great one, the city of Holladay has been wonderful to work with, and we definitely WILL be back with this event next year - bigger and better than ever, too!!
Dr. Michael Knight
The cook off for the Hog Happening in pleasant grove was more to be able to feed the crowd and be able to socialize with some newer teams, than for the prize money...as there was none, but I wonder if more teams would take part if we even did it for a split of the entry fees, I understand that the highfalutin globe trotting teams wouldn't turn out for just the entry money and a possible trip to the Jack, but I know quite a few teams from Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Texas and Iowa that did!
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This has been posted on the IMBBQA board too, don't let it be said that anyone is not able to make a public reply, as there are currently two places with this posted, and comments can be put on either one or neither one, that will be the readers choice!