JRP, correct me if I'm wrong, but, we have not excluded
Ohio brats from the contest, only determined that it would be too expensive to ship them in. Foodbme, if you scroll up toward the upper third of this page, you will see that JRPfeff made contact with Carle's Butcher Shop in Bucyrus, Ohio and found it would cost $55 dollars to have 2 lbs. of brats sent to Wisconsin.
Although Michael Hoffman generously offered to pay for the order, JRP did not feel right spending that much of Mr. Hoffman's money. Mr. Hoffman has not posted a, "don't be silly, go ahead and spend the dough," reply, so there will be no Ohio brats unless someone else wants to foot the bill.
While it is true that this started out as a "Wisconsin only" event, it has evolved into much more than that. If you check earlier listings in this thread, you will see that we already have some brats from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and from Elburn, Illinois entered into the contest. Unless I'm mistaken we are accepting brats from all points that are willing to put themselves up against the Dairy State standard.
Which brings me to my next question: As "a very interested Side Bar Observer", who would love to be there but cannot afford the airfare (entirely understandable), do they make brats in your part of the world? Would you like to send them in lieu of yourself to be represented at the cook-off? You wouldn't even need to buy them a seat, just a square foot or so of cargo space underneath the plane would do.
I can vouch for JRPfeff as a fair and honest individual who would treat an Arizona bratwurst the same as he would one from Wisconsin. It would recieve equal time and care on the grill and would be judged in the same manner and with the same criteria as all the others entered.
Think about it. The pride of the population of Arizona is at stake here...
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