The big incentive is the travel voucher for winning the whole shebang. Pretty much all of my family is in town there, and we travel once or twice a year back in town.
I placed third in the Oct competition. I hoped to do better, but when I was bottling up beers at the time I was only doing IPAs to send primarily to denver for the KROC competition and I bottled a few extra to send to MI. I've got about 4 other beers that would be eligible to enter still, so I'll make sure they get into the Dec or Jan competitions.
I'm not sure how pressed for time I'll be when I'm back in town, but maybe some HBT'ers can get together during that time.