I am really considering entering a couple of contests this year. My LHBS has their annual contest and one of our brew pubs is also having one. The prize for best overall in the brew pub contest is to brew your beer on their system and serve it.
I'm hesitant because I've only been brewing a year. The LHBS contest will be very tough competition. I really want to enter just for the tasting notes. I'd like to know my beer doesn't completely suck