Just an observation... but over the decades Ive noticed that a "National Event" title tag appeared moreso to be a marketing ploy. The hopes that it will generate more spectator as well as participant interest. Even though the hobby is rapidly evolving...... There are still lots of spectators and folks in the hobby that chose and/or measure an event by the projected or speculated mass of numbers attending, regardless of quality or lack thereof.... and/or how much potential for powder burning it may offer....

Granted many have abandoned that previous standard and have moved on to better quality events. But plenty still out there with that old mindset. Many of those still follow that old trail because thats the only type of events they may generally have ever gone too, and little to no exposure to anything else to gauge upon. If ones unit only ever go's to cheezy carnival events, what else would the guys in the ranks understand, know or learn about otherwise. Things are changing... but with anything naturally tends to be a slow transition for some... Plenty still in that old camp that the carnival events will be slow to change or die...

Just an observation.....