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Harrisburg - Patrick Burke, Meshoppen, Wyoming County, was named Champion Auctioneer at the Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Bid-Calling Contest, held Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the 2011 PA Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Chet Geyer, Macungie, Lehigh County, was named first runner-up in the contest, and Rhonda Nissley, Mount Joy, Lancaster County, was named Rookie of the Year.

Contestants are judged on several 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. The winning bushel of apples from the 2011 Pennsylvania Farm Show was sold for $175, with proceeds benefiting the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

The top 10 auctioneers were:
1. Patrick Burke, Meshoppen, Wyoming County
2. Chet Geyer, Macungie, Lehigh County
3. Jonathan Hummer, Manheim, Lancaster County
4. Jeff Pennington, New Castle, Lawrence County
5. Matt Hostetter, Beaver Falls, Beaver County
6. Rhonda Nissley, Mount Joy, Lancaster County
7. Mervin Glick, Elliottsburg, Perry County
8. Dan Reeder, Beaver Falls, Beaver County
9. Paul Storm, York, York County
10. Shawn Meyers, St. Thomas, Franklin County
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 290 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 8-15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10.

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