FWSSR 2022 Spring Newsletter

The Stock Show is known for some legendary auctions. For 2022, receipts from 14 auctions generated $9,980,337 for exhibitors and consignors of cattle, goats, sheep, swine, horses and even rabbits. An auctioneer competition, however, is a bit unusual for the Stock Show. So when the Texas Lone Star Open Bid Calling Contest was featured on January 30, it captured significant attention. Organized by the Texas Auctioneers Association, 25 contestants from eight states each brought three donated items that were sold in the competition held in the Round Up Inn. A percentage of the proceeds were donated to the Texas Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and Texas FFA. With their cadenced chants echoing into the foyer of the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall, the auctioneers drew curious Stock Show guests into the ballroom making the event more fun and engaging as the competition progressed. By the time the contest ended, a packed room witnessed the crowning of Cody Shelly from Burleson, Texas as Grand Champion. Plans are underway to bring the competition back to the Stock Show in 2023 with hopes that it will build on the success of this year’s event. Whether you’re a bidder or simply an onlooker, it’s fascinating to watch and listen to the masters of a trade that dates back centuries but remains an important part of modern commerce. What’s a Bid Calling Contest? Cody Shelly, left, accepts a $10,000 check, trophy saddle and belt buckle for being named champion of the 2022 Lone Star Open. 11