This weekend's Pig on the Pond bbq contest in Clermont, FL, should once again prove to be one of the best and most highly attended bbq contests in the State of Florida. No matter what sanctioning body you consider, this event is quickly becoming one of barbecue's "best".
For those who live in Florida, here's a map to event.
I competed in the event a couple years ago and it's one of the best bbq contests I've ever attended. The organizer paid through 7th place instead of the publicized 5th place in each category, because she had collected extra money towards prizes. This is unusual for a bbq contest, and most assuredly is one of the big reasons this contest is supported so well by competitors.
Other contest organizers could learn a lot by visiting this contest, or by talking to the organizer, Cheryl Fishel, to share ideas.