The preliminary round of the International Junior Auctioneer Championship was Wednesday, July 14, at the 61st International Auctioneers Conference and Show.
Eleven contestants competed in the contest with three moving on to the IJAC finals planned for Friday morning.
Nolan Richard Bell, Gray, Pa., Rachel Lynn Gingell, Lapeer, Mich., and Jon Ross Yaden, London, Ky., all advanced to the final round of the IJAC competition. The contestants were judged by a panel of four former International Auctioneer Champions and were given feedback and critiques of their performances.
Last year’s IJAC winner, Justin Schultis, Fairbury, Neb., says this year’s group of young Auctioneers is outstanding.
“The judges are going to have a really tough time because there are so many great contestants,” Schultis says. “This is a fun competition, but it really helps to prepare you for future contests, and the feedback from the judges is an important part. When you have Auctioneers who are the best in the business watching you and offering feedback, you can learn a lot and it makes you a better Auctioneer.”
The IJAC is open to young Auctioneers, ages 12-18. The IJAC champion will win $1,000, a trophy and free registration into the adult division of the International Auctioneer Championship once the winner meets the minimum age requirement. Other prizes include $500 for the runner-up and $250 for the second runner-up. The IJAC finals are scheduled for Friday, July 16, at 8 a.m.
The 2010 International Auctioneer Championship also is scheduled for Friday. This annual competition is the NAA’s premier showcase of the world’s top Auctioneers.
This year, about 80 Auctioneers will compete for the title of IAC Champion along with a $5,000 cash award, a trophy and a championship ring. The contest will be judged by a panel of seven judges who score each Auctioneer in interviews and bid calling.
Last year’s IAC Champion Terri Walker, CAI, BAS, CES, Memphis, Tenn., says that the day of the contest is a day of nerves and excitement all rolled into one.
“You wake up filled with nerves from the very beginning,” Walker says. “Once you walk into the room and see all of the talent surrounding you, it gets even more nerve-racking.”
Walker offers some advice to members competing this year.
“It’s important to have fun up there on stage,” Walker says. “That’s the key more than anything. It really is a time to cherish and develop some lifelong friendships. It’s just a memorable experience and a great opportunity.”