CARMEL, Ind., and AUSTIN, Texas –
Probably no one would have begrudged Sara Edgington if she exclaimed an extra loud “Yee-haw” during the 2021 Texas Auctioneers Association Senior Bid Calling Championship.
The general manager for Texas Lone Star Auto Auction became the first woman to win the competition, which culminated on Saturday at the Kalahari Resort & Conference Center in Round Rock, Texas.
According to a news release from the XLerate Auction Group, Edgington competed on Friday and was named champion at the awards banquet the following evening. Each contestant sold two items during the convention where they could show their style to the judges and the crowd. The competition was judged by five industry experts with points awarded in six categories, including style, overall bid calling, professional image, opening statement, salesmanship, and professionalism.
“Sara is the first female in the 30-year history of the contest to win the senior competition,” XLerate chief executive officer Cam Hitchock said in the news release. “We are very proud of her accomplishments: in winning this award, and in the strong leadership she brings to the Texas Lone Star auction.”
Edgington reports that her father, Lyle Bond, won the championship during the event in 2000.
“This has been the highlight of my 24 years in the auction industry that I get to share the same award as my father,” Edgington said.
While accepting her awards, which included a belt buckle, she added, “And you know how we love our big buckles in Texas!”