The Arizona State Auctioneers Association is calling all area Auctioneers to participate in the 2013 Champion Auctioneer Contest.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday April, 14th at the Maricopa County Fair located in the AZ Agriculture Building 1826 West McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85007.
Fast talkers from across the state will convene in Phoenix to determine which call will dominate all. Arizona State Auctioneer Association President Bill Betthauser said contestants will be judged by a five-person board on a scale from 1 to10 in five categories. Judges will examine the opening statement, professional image, bid calling, style and interaction with the audience and overall impression.
“A good auctioneer has the ability to interact with the audience and have the item bring a higher bid,” said Betthauser, who is also an auctioneer.
Arizona State Auctioneers Association Vice-President Gabriel Prado added, “During the Civil War, auctioneers were called “Colonels” because that was the lowest rank which could sell confiscated materials as surplus property. Trends in the market have changed since then and the modern-day auctioneer now uses the Internet to reach a much greater audience. But one aspect remains the same,“That is to have the trust and confidence of the seller that the Auctioneer is knowledgeable enough to sell the products at the highest possible price, and get the seller the best return on their product,” Prado said.
The winner will receive $250 and a grand champion belt buckle, second place will receive $150 and third place will receive $100. Participating auctioneers must bring two items valued at more than $20, and proceeds from the sales will benefit the Association.
The public is encouraged to attend the event. More information about the contest and entry fees may be obtained by calling Bill Betthauser at (480) 309-4389.