VAA 2013 State Champion Auctioneer – Ben Svonavec
The Virginia Auctioneers Association crowned its 36th Annual Grand Champion Auctioneer on Saturday in Powhatan, Va. This year’s champion is Ben Svonavec from Mt. Sidney, Va. Svonavec competed against 14 auctioneers from every corner of the Commonwealth to take championship.
The event grades auctioneers on chant, rhythm, presence and auction ability. For decades this event has brought bid callers from every corner of Virginia to compete for the title.
2nd Place – Ben Yoder, Stuarts Draft, Va.
3rd Place – Jarrod Hines, Radford, Va.
4th Place - Josh Puffenbarger, Stuarts Drafts, Va.
5th Place – Allen Barfield, Parksley, Va.
6th Place – James Anderson, Bristol, Va.
Dixon’s Auctions and Estate Sales in Powhatan volunteered to hold the contest. Members of the public attended this evening’s auction to bid on the items for sale. A portion of the proceeds from the auction are going to the Cancer Relay for Life.
|1978||David A. Leonard||1998||F. William Billingsley|
|1982||Fred H. Reger||1999||R. Craig Damewood|
|1983||G. Ted DeBruhl||2000||Brian K. Kurdziolek|
|1984||Grayson L. Smith||2001||Mitchell G. Funk|
|1985||Samuel K. (Buddy) Updike||2002||Brian Sale|
|1986||Roger L. Craig||2003||Dan Pegalow|
|1987||A. Barry Cole||2004||Ernest W. Rogers|
|1988||Jerome T. Clark||2005||D. Brian Hash|
|1989||Tim O. Dudley||2006||Amberleigh E. Scheungrab|
|1990||Michael E. Anderson||2007||Bob Melvin|
|1991||Tony S. Goodman||2008||Kelly Strauss|
|1993||John S. Nicholls||2009||W.O. “Dubby” Isgett|
|1994||Larry J. Linkous||2010||Benjamin DeBruhl|
|1995||Zeb B. Barfield||2011||Taylor Linkous|
|1996||F. David Sale||2012||Brian Damewood|
|1997||Lloyd W. (Trey) Willis, III||2013||Ben Svonavec|