- - reading the negativity on all sides. Lighten up, accept that SD, and in particular MSD is suffering from dwindling attendances - it's a fact! We have to learn to live with that.
Moans about favouritism, cronyism or otherwise from judges towards certain inventors are not new and really, you don't enter any competitive situation without knowing you may not win, and you may get knocked out in the first round, no matter who you are or how good you, or your friends think your entry actually is!
Better to think about how you are able to improve attendances to and in your own local areas -- change of programmes? music? presentation? better hall? better floor?
Such is life!