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Beaver County Man ‘Sold’ His Talent During Bidding Contest at 2010 PA Farm Show

Harrisburg – Lee Hostetter of Darlington, Beaver County, was named Champion Auctioneer at the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Bid-Calling Contest, held Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the 2010 PA Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Hostetter, who was named runner-up in last year’s contest, has been auctioneering since he was young as part of his family’s business.

Jon Hummer, Manheim, Lancaster County, was named first runner-up in the contest, and Jeff Pennington, New Castle, Lawrence County, was named Rookie of the Year.

Contestants are judged on several different criteria, including visual appearance, voice control, clarity, rhythm and speed. They are also judged on their abilities to describe the item being sold and keep buyers’ attention.

Spectators had the opportunity to buy items that were being auctioned as part of the contest, with part of the proceeds going to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation. Terri Walker from Memphis, Tenn. sold a bushel of apples for $225 during the contest.

The top seven auctioneers were:
•Chet Geyer, Marungie, Berks County
•Eric Lefever, Quarryville, Lancaster County
•Lee Hostetter, Darlington, Beaver County
•Michael Martin, New Holland, Lancaster County
•Matt Hostetter, Beaver Falls, Beaver County
•Jon Hummer, Manheim, Lancaster County
•Jeff Pennington, New Castle, Lawrence County

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors.  The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg.  Admission is free and parking is $10.
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