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Yoder Named Champion Auctioneer in Bid Calling Contest
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 01/12/2018

Jake Yoder of Port Royal, Juniata County, was named champion auctioneer at the 39th Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Contest, at the 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Chase Noll of Manheim, Lancaster County, was named first runner-up in the contest and was also awarded Rookie of the Year, an honor awarded to the best auctioneer who has been licensed for less than two years. Elizabeth Stamm of Jonestown, Lebanon County, won top female auctioneer for the competition.

The competition consisted of three rounds: a practice round, a preliminary round, and a final round. In both the practice and preliminary rounds, all 25 contestants provided their own items to sell. After the first two rounds, the judges named the top 10 auctioneers for the final round.

Contestants were judged on presentation, voice control, clarity, introduction and salesmanship. During the competition, participants were identified by their numbers but did introduce themselves to the crowd. If a competitor did not say their number while on stage, they were disqualified.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to bid on and purchase a variety of items with either some or all proceeds going to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation and/or the Friends of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation. Previous competition winners and Pennsylvania Auctioneers Association Auction presidents came on stage to auction multiple items to raise additional money.

The top 10 auctioneers:

1. Jacob Yoder, Port Royal, Juniata Co.

2. Chase Noll, Kirkwood, Lancaster Co.

3. Joel Gavalitz, Pottsville, Schuylkill Co.

4. John Stauffer, Lititz, Lancaster Co.

5. Shawn Carbaugh, York, York Co.

6. Brian Oberholtzer, Manheim, Lancaster, Co.

7. William Bering Jr., Annville, Lebanon Co.

8. Elizabeth Stamm, Jonestown, Lebanon Co.

9. Chad VanPelt, Red Lion, York Co.

10. Brian Burke II, Meshoppen, Wyoming Co.

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