Cambria Town Criers Bev and Jerry Praver returned from New Zealand after a successful turn in the World Town Crier Tournament.
Jerry finished second overall in a field of 17 during the competition held at Central Otago on the south island of New Zealand. Bev placed seventh overall, competing against town criers from Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, the United States and Wales.
Together, the Pravers — San Luis Obispo County’s official town criers — won the media prize, given to the criers who best publicized the world competition in their local area.
Each crier was judged based on reading three proclamations he or she had written on separate topics in different towns in Central Otago. Each proclamation was judged based on vocal proficiency, confidence, engaging the audience, content and accuracy.
It wasn’t the first success for the Pravers, who finished 1-2 (with Bev placing first) at the North American Town Crier championships in 2011. Bev Praver is the reigning American champion.
The world competition drew 13 men and five women, including a seven-time world champion and a two-time winner. Ken Knowles of England won the title in New Zealand, with Jerry Praver second and Daniel Richer of Canada third.
The competition’s three rounds were conducted successively in the New Zealand towns of Alexandra, Rosborough and Cromwell. Jerry placed fourth, second and tied for second, respectively, in each of the three rounds. Bev placed 11th, seventh and 10th.