What I know is that all the issues that cropped up this year, and in years passed will be evaluated and the volunteer committee will do their best to ensure the same pitfalls do not recur. These are people that want the same thing everyone here wants, a fair and good quality evaluation all entered beers, meads and ciders.
Last year on region maxed out and two others nearly did. The competition was altered to prevent anyone from being turned away.
There was plenty of excess capacity in regions that did not max out to prevent a recurrence.
Not in anybodies wildest imagination did anyone figure ALL regions would max out and make this the largest homebrew competition ever. Ok, they figured this would be the biggest, but that everyone would be able to enter their brews.
I do not know this but I suspect . . . .
Some regions were expecting to receive far fewer entries than the 750 that they received. This being based on history. A full 750 entries caused issues at some regions. (again, I don't know). I also suspect that SOME regions can handle more than the 750 limit.
I do know that the committee will evaluate everything to make next year better. I'm sure the evaluation will include smaller sites, larger sites, more sites, and everything else that has been mentioned. Their goal is to make this the premier homebrew competition in the world.