"If you have it, they will come....well, hopefully." "If you don't have it, they won't come...definitely." Does that make sense? AMA rulebook events should obviously be popular everywhere to insure there is lots of participation. But, popularity of events ebbs and flows, different locales have different events.
The sanction classification of Contests is determined by the number of AMA rulebook events, A, AA, AAA, etc. That's a criteria in some places.
Some events with lesser participation are the most competitive, ie, FAI Racing events. We need them and those people who fly them to represent the US on a global scale.
The easier to fly events, Texas Quickie, Super Slow Rat, Sport Goodyear, are not official AMA events, yet we need them to keep Racing available to more people....
It's a tough balance to maintain...the opinions change with the aging of the contestants, I can attest to that.
If a rulebook event has no following, why should it be in the rulebook? Well, suppose the popularity returned? It doesn't cost anything to leave it in the rulebook, does it? If a very popular event is flown all over the country, why shouldn't it be a rulebook event? Efforts to have rulebook events increased don't have a drawback...just that someone has to put forth the effort required.
PS: Sport Goodyear and Super Slow Rat would make for nice AMA Rulebook events...jmo