I'm not into competitions, but I suspect a number of the homebrewers I know will enter. It would be cool if someone from the PNW won the first round.
Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"
"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk