Local auctioneer wins Jake Horney Memorial Award

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — A local auctioneer was recently honored with the Jake Horney Memorial Award.

Mark Craig has been in the business for 24 years, and he started his own business about 10 years ago.

The Jake Horney Memorial Award goes to an auctioneer who has dedicated his or her entire career to the auction profession from the shadows, not seeking the limelight.

Mark is honored as someone who does anything and everything for the profession.

"What I love about it is the friends that I've made over the years and the people you meet along the way," said Craig.

Auctions can have something for everyone.

"You could furnish your house for a whole lot less than you could buy new stuff for, with good quality furniture," said Craig.

He says getting involved in an auction is easy!

"To bid, all you have to be able to do is raise your hand."

Craig says the biggest challenge is getting new faces at auctions. He's not sure what the future holds.

"Due to the simple fact that you don't get a younger crowd, you only get an older crowd."

He has advice for anyone looking to get into the business.

"Anyone can succeed if you work hard at it, and are honest with people."

Craig says part of what makes auctions so special is the thrill of not getting out-bid!

He said he is always looking for part-time help. If you're interested in checking out this profession, you can visit his website, which includes a list of upcoming auctions, here.