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Published June 13, 2009, 12:19 PM

FAST TALKERS: Livestock auctioneers compete in Fergus Falls

A new world champion will be crowned this weekend at the 46th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Fergus Falls.

By: Associated Press,

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A new world champion will be crowned this weekend at the 46th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Fergus Falls.

Contestants from across North America hope to win the title of best livestock auctioneer, which will be awarded Saturday night.

Thirty-three auctioneers competing for this year's top prize. Four finalists were selected from each of eight regional competitions. The Canadian national champion is also invited.

Fergus Falls Livestock Market owner Joe Varner expects hundreds of cattle buyers from across the country to fill the seats for the championship. He anticipates more than 3,000 cattle will be sold during the competition.

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