Vinnie Zaffarano, BAS, of Chicago took the winner’s cup at the 27th Annual State Champion Bidcalling Contest at the Illinois State Fair on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Logan Schmid of Clinton was selected winner of the First Annual Junior Bidcalling Contest.

Zaffarano was selected from the final round of the Top Eight which included Reserve Champion Van Adkisson of Roseville, First Runner-up Alex Belcher, GA, of Buncombe, Second Runner-up Ryan Jordan of Pana, Third Runner-Up Josh Hickey of Steward, Blake Canning of Murphysboro, Dan Naughton of Atlanta, and Mark Sypherd, CAI of Nokomis.

Using the scoring system of the International Auctioneers Championship Contest, scores of six Professional Auctioneers from four states were averaged to determine the winners. The judging panel included 2008 Illinois Champion Jimmy Hannagan of Gifford, 2007 Indiana Champion Jim Lestinsky of LaPorte, 2009 Minnesota Champion Paul McCartan of Rochester, 2008 Wisconsin Champion Wayne Yoder of Wautoma, 2008 ISAA President Jon Bloomberg of Orion and 2008 ISAA Hall of Fame Member Vern Mariman of Cambridge. Contestants were judged in 15 categories with accumulative maximum score of 100.

The preliminary round also included Charles Bettis of St. Louis, Kevin Bunte, CAI of Elgin, Adam Cripps of Murphysboro, Don Crist, CAI of Danville, Cody Hanold of Brighton, Jonathan Kraft of Hobart, Inc., Dustin Polhemus of Hanna City, Ryan Wankel of Jacksonville, Joseph Wieseman, CAGA of Worden and Tucker Wood of Brocton. Logan Karcher of Dahlgren competed in the Junior Contest.

Zaffarano was among the four Professional Auctioneers who called bids at the Governor’s Sale of Champions in the evening. Joining him on the block were 1992 Champion Mike Espe, 1993 Champion Adam Jokish, and State Representative Jim Sacia of Pecatonica. Professional Auctioneers who served as ringmen by virtue of their positions were 2008 Illinois Champion Ringman Bobby Britz of Divernon, 2007 Illinois Champion Ringman and 2008 International Ringman of the Year Alex Belcher, and 2008 ISAA President Jon Bloomberg of Orion. Cory Craig of Edinburg serves on the Board for the Governor’s Sale of Champions.

Zaffarano and Schmid will represent the Illinois State Auctioneers Association in the International Contest next July in Greensboro, N. Car.