I'm not from the SW Region but that would SUCK! But I fully believe the reason given. Last year I looked into getting a ballpark what it would cost to Host a Regional and it'll easily be a few years 'til I can swing it. IIRC I'd have to shell out of pocket a bare minimum $10k, augmented by me (The HOST) finding offsetting sponsorship funding.
There needs to be contingencies for this type of problem.."lack of sponsorship". Maybe.. smaller low key competition that doesn't cost 10k. On a region like this with a small amount of participants that should definitely be the case. A blemish on the entire competition if you ask me..and a bit embarrasing for our region. Or if this is forseen merge it with the West to have somewhere for these talented Baristas to compete.
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