all entries were due at the same time, right?
I had two bottle-conditioned lagers, a fresh Kolsch still clarifying and two slightly green hoppy beers. I rushed to get stuff ready, entered them in the later of the two regions available to me. I had two weeks of additional cold-conditioning in Tulsa vs if they had been judged in KC.
some got to drop off entries vs ship them. IMO, huge advantage.
Chance to find out two weeks earlier whether I'd advanced or not? I didn't perceive it as enough of an advantage to make it worthwhile to enter KC. YMMV.
I won a category that had only 4 entries, while just missing top 3 in one with 55. The competition level isn't equal.
if someone has a way to run a competition where national interest level probably approaches 20,000 entries, so that no one has any advantages, I'd love to hear it.