If 19 of 39 1A bands made a 1 this year and almost all of them are in the Western half of the state, how do you propose to have an area contest? 19 bands is about enough for one area contest and that's your state contest right now. Do you want two area contests of 9? How do you divide that up? If so that would likely cause only 3 from each area to go to state - making a state contest of 6 bands. Probably not the best experience for the kids and best use of time and resources. And, having two area contests would cause significant travel for some of these 1A bands - and for what? to have a tiny contest of 8-9 bands? This year there were 204 3A bands in the state that entered region. 22 of them are at state. Why should 1A get almost half their bands to state? I think you have things pretty good as they are right now.