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Opening the Los Osos Water Reclamation Facility

Dedication of Cambria Fire Safe Signs

On April 26, 2017, Bev and Jerry delivered a proclamation in front of the Cambria fire station where the Cambria Fire Safe Focus Group erected one of three signs paid for by a grant from The Firewise Communities/USA Recognition Program of the National Fire Protection Agency .






Opening the Los Osos Water Reclamation Facility

Dedication of the Los Osos Water Reclamation Project

On April 22, 2016, Bev and Jerry delivered a proclamation at the Los Osos Water Reclamation Facility beginning the ceremony which officially opened the ribbon cutting celebration after 33 years of planning. Other speakers included Bruce Gibson, County Supervisor of District 2 (pictured here), Lois Capps, congresswoman representing California's 24th district and Lillian Salerno, U. S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for the Rural Development Mission Area.






Sesquicentennial proclamation for the establishment of Cambria

Bev and Jerry Celebrate Cambria's 150th Anniversary

On February 23, 2016, Bev and Jerry delivered a proclamation at The San Luis Obispo County Supervisors meeting commemorating the sesquicentennial of the establishment of The Village of Cambria in 1866.






Jerry receiving second place trophy



Jerry named second best Town Crier in the world

Jerry accepts the second place trophy from Tony Lepper, Mayor of Central Otago District at the awards dinner following the 2015 World Town Crier Tournament.







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Accepting the Media Prize at the 2015 World Tournament

Bev and Jerry receiving the coveted media prize from Tony Lepper, Mayor of Central Otago Distric, awarded to the crier(s) who best publicized the 2015 World Town Crier Tournament in their local area.







Town Criers at the 2015 World Tournament in New Zealand

Town Criers at the 2015 World Tournament

The Town criers who competed in the 2015 World Town Crier Tournament pose for a group picture with their escorts in Alexandra, Central Otago on the south island of New Zealand.





Bev at the World Town Crier Tournament in New Zealand in 2015

Bev doing her best at the 2015 World Tournament

Bev shouted out her best cry finishing in seventh place and was the best female crier in the world.









Jerry at the World Town Crier Tournament in New Zealand in 2015

Jerry giving one of the cries at the 2015 World Tournament

Jerry giving one of the cries for which he was named the second best Town Crier in the world at the 2015 World Town Crier Tournament in New Zealand in 2015.









Bev and Jerry at San Luis County Supervisors Meeting

At the County Supervisors meeting

On May 12, 2015, Bev and Jerry read a proclamation at the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting informing the board that they will be capably represented by their Official Town Criers at the Central Otago World Town Crier Tournament to be held on the south island of New Zealand in late September, 2015.







Bev and Jerry speak at the Atascadero Rotary Club

At the Atascadero Rotary Club

On April 15, 2015, Bev and Jerry read a proclamation and then gave a presentation about what Town Criers do, how we got started, what competitions are like and, specifically, about the upcoming Central Otago World Town Crier Tournament in New Zealand.







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An opinion of The Town Criers?

This marquee appeared next door to the Brownstone Apartments, one of Hope College's residences, where all the Town Criers were housed during the Tulip Time festival in Holland, Michigan in May, 2014.







Bev and Jerry with Mayor Dykstra

Bev and Jerry with Mayor of Holland, Michigan

Bev and Jerry pose with the Mayor of Holland, Michigan, Kurt Dykstra, after a formal exchange of gifts with him. Mr.Dykstra was master of ceremonies at the Town Crier competition which occurred later in the day as part of the 85th annual Tulip Festival in May, 2014.







Bev wins American Town Crier Championship

Bev wins American Town Crier Championship

At the North American Town Crier Championships in October, 2011, Bev was awarded the second place trophy, the first time a woman has ever placed in the top three at the NATCC. The competition was won by Bill McKee of Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada with 292 out of a possible 300 points and Bev was second with 291 points. She was also named Best American Town Crier, the first time a woman has ever won the title.







Jerry named second best Town Crier in America

Jerry named second best Town Crier in America

Third place at the North American Town Crier Championships was awarded to Mark Molnar of St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada who scored 290 points. Jerry finished in fourth place with 288 points and became the second best Town Crier in America.







Nehemiah Persoff's Ninetieth Birthday

Nehemiah Persoff Celebrates his ninetieth birthday

Nehemiah Persoff celebrated his ninetieth birthday in August, 2009 and Jerry was there to read a proclamation in his honor. The celebration took place at an art gallery where his paintings were being displayed and sold.







Bev and Jerry present the bride and groom

Bev and Jerry present the bride and groom at The Cambria Pines Lodge

After presenting an original cry at the cocktail reception, Bev and Jerry led the guests in a procession through the gardens to the dining room where they presented the newly married couple, Melissa and Alex Afterman, before the wedding dinner.







Bev and Jerry with part of Congress

Bev and Jerry with part of Congress

Bev and Jerry pose with Congresswoman Lois Capps and Congressman Sam Farr, both of California, at the grand opening of the Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon, California. This facility is administered jointly by The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and The San Luis Obispo Coast District of California State Parks.







Bev and Jerry at Cold Stone Creamery

Bev and Jerry at Cold Stone Creamery

Bev and Jerry extol the virtues of Cold Stone Creamery as they shout, "Passion is without a doubt the beating heart of Cold Stone Creamery - passion for people, passion for success, and, above all passion for ice cream".







Jerry at Los Angeles Competition

Jerry gets their attention

Jerry gets the attention of the audience during his second cry of the 2005 Los Angeles Town Crying Competition in front of the historic Los Angeles City Hall.







Bev at Los Angeles Competition

Bev makes a point

Bev makes a point during her third cry of the 2005 Los Angeles Town Crying Competition in the courtyard of the Edendale School.







Joann reacts to our cry

Joann reacts to our cry

Joann Dodenhoff was truly surprised at her special send-off on her last day of work at Cookie Crock, Friday, September 5, 2003. Town Criers Bev and Jerry Praver regaled her with their clever proclamation honoring her fourteen years of employment.







Bev and Jerry with Shirley Bianchi

Bev and Jerry with Shirley Bianchi

Bev and Jerry posing with Shirley Bianchi, Supervisor of District Two of The County of San Luis Obispo, California in front of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse in June, 2003.







Bev competing in 10th World Town Crier Championships

Bev Competing in the 10th World Town Crier Championships

Bev doing her best at the 10th World Town Crier Championships held in May, 2003 in Newquay, Cornwall, England.




Jerry competing in 10th World Town Crier Championships

Jerry Competing in the 10th World Town Crier Championships

Jerry giving out his loudest "Oyez" in Newquay in May, 2003.





Town Criers at The Eden Project

Town Criers and Their Escorts at The Eden Project

About ninety Town Criers and their escorts converged on the Eden Project about four miles east of St. Austell in Cornwall, England.




Americans competing in 10th World Town Crier Championships

Members of The American Guild of Town Criers competing in the 10th World Town Crier Championships

Front l to r: Bev Praver, John Karsten (Holland, MI), Wieda Karsten (escort) Redmond O'Colonies (Martinez, CA), Back l to r: Jerry Praver, Andy Hansen (LaConnor, WA), Judy Jewell (Anacortes, WA).




2009 Tulip Time Town Crier Competition

2009 Tulip Time Competition in Holland, Michigan

Just before the 2009 Tulip Time Town Crier Competition in Holland,Michigan, criers and their escorts pose in front of City Hall. While they normally cry together, Bev and Jerry are required to compete separately in competitions. This competition included three criers from America, three from Canada and two from The Netherlands. Jerry finished in third place.




Bev and Jerry in the Pinedorado Parade

Bev and Jerry in the Pinedorado Parade

Bev and Jerry doing their thing on the Cambria Historical Society float in the annual Pinedorado Parade in Cambria, CA, in September, 2001.







Town Criers at 9th World Town Crier Championships

Criers at The 9th World Town Crier Championships

Forty seven Town Criers and their escorts pose for a group photo before competing in The Ninth World Town Crier Championships in Anacortes, Washington in August, 2001.




Criers at play

Town Criers at Play

Doing the "bell dance" while waiting for the results of the competition to be announced at Newquay, Cornwall, England in May, 2003.







Crier at rest

Town Crier at Rest

Bob Rose of England showing the anxiety a crier goes through waiting for his name to be called to cry in the world competiton.








Two Headed Town Crier?

Two headed Town Crier?

Melva Stott of Winchelsea Lorne, Australia and Bev with a two headed Town Crier. Actually, it's Kevin and Julie Ward of England keeping warm under his cape.














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