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Bid-Calling Contest Held at Farm Show
HARRISBURG- Mike Weaver of Allenwood, Union County, was named the Champion Auctioneer at the annual Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Bid-Calling Contest on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Spectators were able to buy the items the auctioneers were selling during the contest and the proceeds went to the Farm Show Scholarship Foundation.
Weaver has been calling at auctions for 25 years and competed at the Farm Show for the past four years. He has been a top-five finalist for the past few years with a passion for the job. Working and selling to the people at auctions is his favorite part about auctioneering.
Lee Alan Hostetter of Darlington, Beaver County was the first runner-up in the contest and William R. Omalacy of Smithfield, Fayette County, was named Rookie of the Year.
Each competitor is judged on three categories including presentation, chant/voice, and effective auctioneering. Within these categories, the auctioneers are evaluated on their voice control, clarity, speed, rhythm, eye contact, body language, and more.
The top 10 included:
• Mike Weaver, Allenwood, Union County
• Lee Alan Hostetter, Darlington, Beaver County
• Michael Martin, New Holland, Lancaster County
• Matt Hostetter, Beaver Falls, Beaver County
• Chet Guyer, Macungle, Montgomery County
• C. Ivan Stoltzfus, Honey Brook, Chester County
• William R. Omalacy, Smithfield, Fayette County
• Jeff Pennineton, New Castle, Lawrence County
• John Carl, Jr., Lancaster, Lancaster County
• James Fisher, Stevens, Lancaster County

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