Last year public voting was a nightmare and the year before was a bit of a hassle also. The first 2 years when we have the park staff voting aided in the ease of voting, but once they stopped and we had to get random people thats where it became a hassle.
I dont think the blind judging is going to be hard at all..since we have many more people coming this year the "drop a coin in a cup" technique would be easy and its unlikley the voting would be skewed. Sure if a person's husband, wife, kid, or brother makes something they are prone to vote for them...but there are many others around to balance this out. And its all for fun (and swag) anyway which lightens the voting process.
I think the sauce, side item, desert, cocktail competitions are much less time consuming then Chicken and Ribs so i think those could still work if we have a good majority of people that want to make them. In the past i think we lost alot of leisure/banter time when the Saturday routine went like this....breakfast around 8/9ish > clean up > get ready for ribs and chicken > get chicken in smoker > hangout for a big but still prepare ribs for cooking > ribs in smoker > chicken out > chicken judging (lasts atleast an hour) > lunch ....and ect for ribs, dinner and judging.
So taking away the meat comps that take much longer will alleviate those strict time constraints. In my opinion.
Whatever we end up doing i know we are all gonna have some fun! Games, all day food, Pig Pickin' for dinner with awesome sides and deserts! I cant wait!!