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Oyez! Oyez! Listen to the criers from the 1997 Competition!

Click on the sound icon to hear the cry.

Click here for additional pictures from the Competition

John Kartsten from the city of Holland, Michigan

Bruce Bedell from the city of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario & Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan {Third Place)

Emily Bell from the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (no sound file available -- sorry!) (sorry, no recording!)

Chris Poole from the city of Hinton, Alberta

Ron LeHew from the county of Salem, New Jersey

Ralph Wilding from the village of New Tecumseth, Ontario

Gary Smith from the town of Petrolia, Ontario

Chris Whyman from the city of Kingston, Ontario (Second place; his son Curtis took First Place for Escorts -- They are pictured on the homepage)

Ann Ivory from Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania

Tom Jones from the town of Richmond Hill, Ontario

Allen Freeman from the township of Glanbrook, Ontario

William Joseph from the borough of Mt. Arlington, New Jersey

David McKee from the city of Brantford, Ontario (First place)

Redmond O'Colonies from the city of Martinez, California and Contra Costa County (First Place from the U.S.)

Derek Tidd from the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario

David Schalk from the City of Jorden Station, Ontario and Betty Kading from the town of Oakville, Ontario, also competed, but due to glitches with our new digital camera, we are unable to bring you pictures or sounds from these two marvelous competitors.



  • Paul T. Bockenhauer, President The Carpenters' Company
  • Robert A. Cerasoli, Inspector General of Massachusetts, President, Association of Inspectors General (Association chartered in Carpenters' Hall on October 26, 1996)
  • Randolph S. Klein, Ph.D., historian Colonial and Revolutionary Period
  • Richard Galassini, Graduate, Esther Boyer School of Music, Temple University, Manager, Cunningham Piano Company, Judge of Vocal Quality
  • Barbara Stryjak, PECO Energy Company, Judge of Escorts
  • John M. Briggs, CPA, Briggs, Bunting & Dougherty, Official accountant for the Inaugural Cry Off of the American Guild of Town Criers