I was just wondering what different types of contest formats there are and what the favorite preference amongs tMPers appears to be. (I am especially curious about the formats of entertainment contests and March and Hymn Contests) I have seen what one might call a traditional contest format (Harrogate, Albert Hall, the former Open) which includes a random draw the day of and 1 required test piece for everybody. The "new" Open is a random draw the day of followed by one of three required test pieces. Right now WGC is preparing for Folkestone which is a random draw the day of and every bad plays a hymn setting and a test piece of their choice. In the States (for the NABBA Championships) there was a random draw ahead of time (so there was a set schedule when each band would play) and a 30 or so minute progaram with a required test piece and the rest being own choice. Right Now I think I like either the "new" Open format or the Folkestone format. Short and with variety...that being said I still have many more contests and formats to participate in / view.