Jerry doing his best at the 2017 World Competition in Nova Scotia
Jerry showing intense concentration while reading a cry during the third round of the World Town Crier Competition in Nova Scotia in 2017.
Bev shouting out at the 2017 World Competition in Nova Scotia
Bev reads her proclamation about The Annapolis Valley at Grand Pre, Nova Scotia during the third round of the competition.
Town Criers and their escorts at the 2017 World Competition in Nova Scotia
Nineteen Town Criers and their escorts competed for honors at the World Town Crier Competition held in Nova Scotia, Canada in September, 2017
The American Town Criers at the 2017 World Competition in Nova Scotia
Three Town Criers from America attended the 2017 World Town Crier Competition in Nova Scotia. With Bev and Jerry is Frederick Taylor, Town Crier of Annapolis, Maryland and his escort, Denise.
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 .
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.
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 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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
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 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 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 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 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".
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 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.
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.
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 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 doing their thing on the Cambria Historical Society float in the annual Pinedorado Parade in Cambria, CA, in September, 2001.
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.
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?
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.