The 2014 SCAA Champion is Chris Pracht. The Reserve Champion position went to Bryan Hope. Placing third was Rafe Dixon.
Auctioneers displayed their call-and-chant skills in Columbia on Friday night, looking to be named S.C. Bid Calling Champion.
Competitors were judged on poise, professionalism, clarity and the ability to describe sale items.
“You have to be a salesman, and you have to be a showman,” said Pelzer resident Darron Meares, 41, the state’s current champion and president of the S.C. Auctioneers Association, marking its 40th year.
Some 1,100 people are licensed as auctioneers in South Carolina, many of them specializing in real estate, farm equipment, guns, cars, estates, antique furniture and the like.
The prospect of finding good deals and competing for treasures at auctions seems to be growing in popularity, said David Taylor of Inman, chairman of the bid calling competition.
“‘Auction’ is such a Google search word that it brings people from everywhere together,” said Taylor, 47.
The South Carolina Auctioneer Association Convention is being held in Columbia. The night of Jan. 10, 2014, the Bid Calling Championship competition was held with the winner to be announced Jan. 11. Six auctioneers competed for the title. Tim Dominick, The (Columbia) State