Representatives of the KAA met with Governor Brownback on April 24 for the declaration of Auctioneer's Day.
The 24th Annual Kansas Auctioneers Association Auctioneer Championship was held on September 10th on the Bretz Law Arena stage at the Kansas State Fair. Preliminaries were held at the KAA Winter Convention in January which resulted in 11 finalist out of the 17 auctioneers competing.
Our eleven finalists were Eric Boone of Yates Center, KS; Josh Bellamy of Cherokee, OK; Nick Holzrichter of Halstead, KS; Lenny Mullin of Shawnee, KS; Lance Fullerton of El Dorado, KS; Justin Banzhaf of Cambridge, NE, Yve Rojas of Kansas City, MO; Donnie Stumpff of Cassville, MO; Troy Wedel of McPherson, KS; Michael Burkhart of Greensburg, KS; and Titus A. Yutzy of Hutchinson, KS.
This year we were honored to have a guest judge – Leroy Van Dyke of “Auctioneer” and “Walk on By” fame; along with Justin Ball of Oklahoma – current Oklahoma State Auctioneer Association Champion Bid Caller; Randy Ruhter of Hastings, NE – Nebraska Auctioneer of the Year in 2989 and National Auctioneers Hall of Fame 2008; and Emily Wears of Buffalo, WY – Iowa State Champion Auctioneer in 2009, Colorado Auctioneer Champion in 2012 and this years Wyoming State Champion Auctioneer. Each contestant answered two questions in an stage interview prior to selling of three items to the State Fair crowd. Judging was based on specified criteria that included presentation, chant and effective auctioneering, as well as an interview component.
We are proud to announce the following results:
2014 Kansas Auctioneer Champion . . . Lance Fullerton of El Dorado, KS
Reserve Champion . . . Lenny Mullin of Shawnee, KS
3rd place . . . Josh Bellamy of Cherokee, OK
4th place . . . Donnie Stumpff of Cassville, MO
5th place . . . Titus Yutzy of Huthinson, KS
Today is the day! We’ll be streaming the KAA Auctioneer Championship from the Kansas State Fair live today starting shortly before 2 p.m. We’ll embed the video stream right here at kansasauctioneers.com.
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WICHITA, Kan., September 2, 2014 – Since 1992, auctioneers throughout Kansas and the surrounding states have traveled to Hutchinson to compete with one another at the Kansas State Fair, vying for the title of Auctioneer Champion. The Kansas Auctioneers Association (KAA) hosts the Auctioneer Championship that will be held this year on the stage of the Bretz and Young Injury Lawyers Arena at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10.
This public auction will give all fairgoers the opportunity to bid and buy from the best auctioneers in the state. The public is encouraged to attend and observe the contest or participate by placing bids. Anyone unable to attend in person can watch the contest live at www.kansasauctioneers.com.
The Auctioneer Championship featured a preliminary round conducted during the KAA’s Winter Convention last January in Manhattan, Kan. Of the seventeen contestants entering the contest, eleven were selected to compete in the final round at the fair.
Justin Banzhaf – Cambridge, Neb.
Josh Bellamy – Cherokee, Okla.
Eric Boone – Yates Center, Kan.
Michael Burkhart – Dodge City, Kan.
Lance Fullerton – El Dorado, Kan.
Nick Holzrichter – Halstead, Kan.
Lenny Mullin – Shawnee, Kan.
Yve Rojas – Kansas City, Mo.
Donnie Stumpff – Cassville, Mo.
Titus Yutzy – Hutchinson, Kan.
Troy Wedel – McPherson, Kan.
From livestock and auto auctioneers to real estate and benefit auctioneers, each bid caller’s performance will be judged by presentation, chant, voice, effective auctioneering skills and the ability to be an ambassador for the KAA. While the preliminary round focused exclusively on bid calling, the final round at the fair will include bid calling as well as an interview component.
The winner of this year’s KAA Auctioneer Championship will receive a belt buckle, plaque, $200 cash prize, membership to the National Auctioneers Association and an entry in the International Auctioneer Championship to be held July 2015 in Addison, Tex.
Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., the KAA comprises auctioneers throughout Kansas and adjoining states. The members voluntarily join the association to receive further education and promote their profession. When joining the association, members agree to a code of ethics and are governed by their peers. When it is your desire to obtain an auctioneer, the members of the KAA would appreciate the opportunity to be the first choice. To learn more about the KAA and its members or to view a list of upcoming member auctions, visit www.kansasauctioneers.com.