contributed….On August 8, 2012 the Wisconsin Auctioneer Championship Contest was held at the Wisconsin State Fair.  Twenty contestants competed for the title of Wisconsin Champion Auctioneer. The line up included veteran

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contestants and several first timers. Each auctioneer was given three items to auction before a panel of judges and a live bidding audience. The twenty was then paired down to 6….. Merv Hilpipre, Bryan Mergen, Raymond Henry, Joe Mellem, Randy Stockwell and Carol Wagenson. The remaining six were given three additional items to auction and also answered two interview questions.  (It should be noted that seventh place was a 5 way tie, that’s how close this competition was!)  All said and done…. Carol Wagenson is your 2012 Wisconsin Championship Auctioneer, Bryan Mergen is your 2012  Runner-up and Merv Hilpipre was awarded third place. Carol Wagenson will compete at the International Auctioneer Championship Indianapolis, Indiana on July 17- 20, 2013.  Carol is grateful to her auction team which has helped make this accomplishment along with her family and clients that she has held auctions for during her 15 years in business.