As the Head Organizer for the DMC I'd like to offer some replies....
There were 733 entries and 341 participants. - THE PARTICIPANT NUMBER INCLUDES COMPETITORS, JUDGES, AND STEWARDS. WE HAD OVER 160 VOLUNTEERS REGISTERED IN OUR SYSTEM.
it's a big club of over 100 members - YES, WE ARE ONE OF THE LARGEST, OLDEST, AND ONE OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN CLUBS IN THE MIDWEST.
How many entries did that club have? - HECK IF I KNOW, I'D HAVE TO DO THE MATH MANUALLY AND I'M NOT ABOUT TO SPEND TIME ON THAT.
they alone could have comprised well more than half the entries submitted if not more, I don't know, kind of takes the fun out of it - TAKES THE FUN OUT FOR WHO? AND HOW SO? WE AREN'T EVEN CLOSE TO HALF ANYWAY.
what's the point of having a sponsoring a comp and more than 50-60% of entries come from your own club taking home the bulk of medals - WHAT'S THE POINT? CAMARADERIE, FEEDBACK, FUN, TALKING SMACK, BRAGGING RIGHTS. IT'S OUR CLUB'S BIGGEST EVENT, OF COURSE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO COME OUT OF THE WOOD WORK AND PUT THEIR BEST FOOT FORWARD. AS FOR YOUR PERCENTAGE AND MY ABOVE COMMENTS ABOUT COUNTING ENTRIES, AFTER QUICKLY SCROLLING THRU ALL THE ENTRIES, I WOULD *GUESS* THAT ROUGHLY 30% ARE OUR CLUB'S ENTRIES. IT'S NOWHERE NEAR 50-60%.
The host club has several talented brewers. - THANKS BRUCE! HONESTLY, OUR CLUB HAS DOZENS OF EXTREMELY TALENTED BREWERS. JOE FORMANEK - 2X NINKASI WINNER, 5X MIDWEST HOMEBREWER OF THE YEAR, AND LONGSHOT WINNER. RODNEY KIBZEY - MEAD MAKER OF THE YEAR, 2X LONGSHOT WINNER, MANY NHC MEDALS. YOURS TRULY - MCAB GRAND CHAMPION, 4X MCAB MEDALIST WITH 3 GOLDS, 2X NHC MEDALIST. AND MANY OTHER GUYS WHO CLEAN UP AT LOCAL AREA COMPS. LOTS OF GUYS JUST DONT CARE ABOUT ENTERING ALL THESE COMPS, BUT THEY SURE DO ENTER THEIR HOME-TURF COMP. ONE OF OUR CLUB'S BIGGEST GUNS WAS UNEMPLOYED FOR OVER A YEAR. THIS GUY MAKES BETTER BEERS, MEADS, AND CIDERS THAN THE STUFF YOU PAY $15 A BOTTLE FOR. ANYWAY, DOES HE SEND HIS ENTRIES TO SOME FAR AWAY COMP WHILE HE'S OUT OF WORK? NO, BUT HE ENTERS THE DMC.
Is it just to amass a lot of points to place in the AHA club comp? MCAB Comp? Homebrewer of the Year award? WE ARE A QUALIFYING EVENT FOR MCAB SO WE PULL PEOPLE FOR THAT. BUT ACTUALLY, WE PULL OUT OF STATERS FOR THAT. ONLY A HANDFUL OF GUYS IN OUR OUR CLUB GIVE A HOOT ABOUT NHC AND MCAB. NO, YOU DONT GET AHA POINTS FOR LOCAL COMPS. WE ARE ALSO A MEMBER OF HOMEBREWER OF THE YEAR CIRCUIT, BUT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF DUCKING OUR COMP BECAUSE IT'S SO HARD TO WIN!
Is there anything really other than bragging rights at stake here? - NOPE, THAT'S IT. JUST BRAGGING RIGHTS.
Finally, with the insane amount of work that sponsoring clubs put into a competition, the awards/banquet can be a "we're finally done!" party. Why shouldn't they have a bunch of beers entered and cheer for their friends who win? They did all the work! - DAMN STRAIGHT! MOST PEOPLE DONT HAVE THE FIRST CLUE ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF WORK IT TAKES TO PUT THESE THINGS ON. ESPECIALLY ONE OF OUR SIZE. LIKE MENTIONED EARLIER, IT'S OUR BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR. IT'S OUR "BABY", THE FOUNDERS OF THIS COMP WORKED EXTREMELY HARD TO BUILD IT UP TO WHAT IT HAS BECOME. AND MY CURRENT TEAM IS THE HARDEST WORKING AND MOST DEDICATED GROUP OF PEOPLE I'M ASSOCIATED WITH. THERE IS A REASON SOME COMPS ARE "GOOD" COMPS AND SOME ARE NOT. IT'S THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT. OUR CLUB PUTS ON A GREAT EVENT FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO BE A PART OF IT, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. MANY PEOPLE OUTSIDE OUR CLUB LOOK FORWARD TO PARTICIPATING AND ATTENDING EVERY YEAR. AND NOW MANY OF THEM WE CONSIDER PART OF OUR COMMUNITY AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THEM COME EVERY YEAR. AND YES, I HOPE THEY WIN. WHY WOULDN'T I WANT MY FRIENDS AND FELLOW CLUB MEMBERS TO GET RECOGNITION FOR THEIR EFFORTS? NOTHING QUIETS THE CROWD MORE THAN WHEN I CALL OUT SOMEONE'S NAME FROM CALIFORNIA (FOR EXAMPLE) AND NO ONE WALKS UP TO THE PODIUM. (ACTUALLY, THERE IS ALWAYS SOME APPLAUSE). BUT WHEN THE FOLKS WHO ARE IN ATTENDANCE WIN, IT'S FUN! THEY ARE THRILLED, AND EVERYONE IS THRILLED FOR THEM. THAT'S WHY SO MANY LOCAL PEOPLE ENTER, BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE A PART OF THE FUN.
I had a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in this comp, - ANOTHER GREAT SHOWING BY RHOOBARB!
I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT WINNING PERCENTAGES, OUR CLUB'S WINS GO DOWN AS THE YEARS GO ON. WE CONTINUE TO ATTRACT MORE AND MORE ENTRIES FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE COUNTRY. AND IT'S GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO WIN. THAT'S A FACT.
I HOPE THIS HELPS CLEAR UP SOME OF THE CURIOSITY/CONCERNS YOU HAVE ABOUT OUR COMPETITION. I ALSO HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO ENTER AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND ONE YEAR. IT'S A GREAT TIME!
YOUR DMC ORGANIZER