The Muskingum Livestock Auction Company was packed with onlookers, livestock and auctioneers all as part of a competition.
The Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) held a quarterfinal competition for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) here in Zanesville. Something former world champion Ron Kreis says, people don't really know a lot about. "I know its a lot bigger than people realize. There are auctioneers all across the United States, whether your selling houses or antiques or livestock, I think to promote the auction method of true price discovery is the greatest thing."
And not only were the cattle being judged by the crowd, but the auctioneers as well that were looking for their spot in the 2009 Championship. "Wanting clarity, bid catching ability, speed and would you hire this auctioneer to sell at your local market? Whether its in Ohio where we have smaller group's of cattle or your out in Oklahoma or Texas where the numbers are a lot greater. But that's kinda the general thing, is would you hire this auctioneer, his appearance his presence and if he is warm enough to the crowd."
So how do the auctioneers know what to say or how to speak so fast to win over the judges? "Several people use several different filler words, a simple filler word is bid now its just whatever you want to use as a filler that makes you sound smooth or comfortable for yourself." says Brandon Neely a contestant
The competition had 28 contestants from all over the country competing for a spot in the 32 man lineup for the championship to be held in Minnesota in June of 2009.