Our local bee club is having a honey and mead competition at the county fair this year and I am planning to enter some mead. My main question is about corks, I have been using synthetic corks because they last longer. Will I get dinged if I don't use real corks in this competition? I can always recork with a real one but I don't want to unless it is needed. We are only allowed to enter one bottle and I don't think that there will be a tasting because it is on county property and it is an agricultral fair. Because of that everything will be based on appearance. Has anyone else entered this type of competition? I've asked for the specific rules about the mead judging but haven't received back anything yet.