Show sounds awesome!
I do a small show every year 100-125 cars and would like to get away from judging.
"This show isn't judged, it's just people's choice... And we only give out ONE award per-class"
How do the cars get voted for?
We include a ballot in each show entry package. So it's participant's choice. You choose one car per-class, a total of 21 classes if my memory is right. Ballots are turned-in by end-of-day Saturday, tallied overnight, and awards given Sunday afternoon.
In recent years, I've really had to follow-behind the class results because certain groups (friends/clubs) have been guilty of "colluding" to get a car or cars within their group pushed to the top... And usually the car(s) they're stuffing the box for is far from what could/would fairly be considered the best of the class. I really frown on such behavior, people should go out and look at everything and make their OWN PERSONAL choices based on what they personally like. Best of class awards should not be engineered by a group, they should reflect individual thought.
So we have methods/programming in place now that identifies groups of ballots that vote in unison, and if I see a group that's engineering themselves to unfairly "snake" a bunch of awards, I become judge and jury, plain as that, and those ballots get tossed.. No patience for cheaters/exploiters.
Any-hoo, I always hated going to shows where there were 100 cars, and 120 trophies distributed. What's the point? All this money that could have gone to the show's charity or cause, instead BLOWN on redundant pieces of feel-good press-board plaques handed to every single participant for no other reason than "they showed up".
I don't believe in that, it's an adult version of the recent youth sports league policies where "everyone's a winner"... C'mon, are we not all adults now?
I figure, that when you spread out only 30-some trophies amongst 1,000+ cars, you accomplish two things... Everybody forgets about "obsessing" over the competition and nit-picking, and just goes about enjoying their day in a more relaxed mood. And for those who ARE fortunate enough to win, you actually WON SOMETHING SPECIAL... It's not just an obligatory "thanks for showing up" award to add to your stack, it's a real accomplishment to be proud of.
Any-hoo, that's been my operating theory, and it seems to have been pretty popular. Keep the amount of awards low, so that they actually mean something if you win one. Then, lower the registration-fee of your show according to the money you've saved by not having to buy so many damn trophies, OR, give your extra cash-surplus to a worthy charity. Then do participants-choice, but don't be afraid to audit the ballots to cull-out potential cheating-clubs in your midst. And last, make sure everyone knows the whole thing is just for fun, no harm or foul if you don't win. And that's how Silver Springs is run...