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Birdwhistell named state’s top auctioneer

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By Ben Carlson

Lawrenceburg is home to the best auctioneer in Kentucky and Glenn Birdwhistell has the hardware to prove it.

Birdwhistell, owner of Birdwhistell Realty & Auction Co., was named Auctioneer of the Year during the Kentucky Auctioneers Association’s annual convention last month in Bowling Green.

“I was totally surprised but appreciated it very much,” said Birdwhistell. “It was the highlight of my long career in the auction business.

That career has spanned over 65 years and included plenty of other awards.

“I was one of 10 auctioneers to be considered for it,” Birdwhistell said, who began working in the auction business at age 13 with his father.

“I had been auctioneer of the week for that organization and I’m sure that had some bearing on being selected.

“This is a once in a lifetime thing for me. There were a lot of other auctioneers very deserving of it.”

The inscription on the plaque Birdwhistell received reads, “Glenn has demonstrated extraordinary leadership commitment to professional excellence and a steadfast commitment to the selfless advancement of the Auction Industry while adhering to the Kentucky Auctioneers Association’s strict professional code of ethics.”

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