Mentor (Ohio) Invitational this weekend. Lots of quality competition. So, other than the competition, what is important in making a great event? To me:
1. Organization - finding your way around, well marked. Hate running to events and the stress of worrying if your going to find the right room and being on time
2. Food - mans gotta eat
3. Entertainment, yes. After 3 years of sitting in a gym waiting for the results, I appreciate the efforts of keeping 500 students engaged or at least not bored for a couple of hours. What's been you favorite experience betweent events and results? I had an idea - create some fun events that require students from differenet schools to be on the same team. So many kids from so many schools, never really get a chance to meet and talk. That way we can stay in touch. Let me hear your thoughts out their in SCIOLY World.
Do you mean the invitational as a whole? If so, I would say that though competing is a huge part of it, the full experience is what teams come for. It's like selling an NBA game - while you do come to see the competition the players, you keep them entertained by the venues.
I also think what is important is who you can draw into a competition - if you can bring teams from other states, it really brings a presence. Plus, it's more exciting since you don't get to compete against teams from other states very often!