I like to promote new bbq competitons when I can. Rollingsmoke.com is announcing a new cookoff in Kettering, OH scheduled for July 13 and 14. I believe this first annual event sponsored primarily by the Kettering American Legion Post 598 is unsanctioned this year.
The entry form doesn't provide specific details regarding the potential prize money, but it does say that there is a "100% payout". I am guessing that if they get 10 teams and each pay $100 entry fee, then there is $1,000 in the prize money pool. It's not enough to offset expenses for the bbq cook teams, but by taking a long-term view of the event it just might payoff for those that decide to support this new contest.
BBQ contests are few and far between in Ohio, so a well-run and well-supported event with KCBS sanctioning has the potential to grow into a bone-a-fide bbq "happening" within a few short years. If you don't already have something else planned for July 13 and 14, consider joining ZZ Que, Ribs and Bibs, Frying Pan and others to cook some bbq to benefit the VA Hospital.