Smooth patter wins the day

Frederick Bodnarus’s smooth patter won him a Canadian Western Agribition belt buckle and marble gavel last week.

Five judges, including last year’s winner, deemed him the best of five contestants during the second Winners Circle auctioneer competition Nov. 20.

Bodnarus operates his own business in Saskatoon and was thrilled to win.

“Agribition is a very prestigious event, recognized throughout the world,” he said.

Bodnarus completed auctioneer school in 1997 and opened his own business 10 years later. He sells a wide variety of items from antiques to livestock to real estate.

He has been in numerous competitions, and his titles include a 2004 win at the Saskatchewan Cattle Feeders championship, 2006 at Yorkton Harvest Showdown and 2007 at the Manitoba/Saskatchewan Livestock Auctioneer championships.

He is a five-time Canadian Livestock Auctioneer championships finalist.

“I felt good today, very comfortable,” he said after the competition that saw him, Tyler Cronkhite of Moose Jaw, Sask., Farron Ward of Colgate, Sask., Corey Mantell from Moose Jaw and Karla Gervais of Yorkton, Sask., sell horse pull team sponsorships and donated items.

“They were good competitors.”

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