Written By: Gloria Hafemeister, Correspondent

WEST ALLIS – The Wisconsin State Fairgoers had an opportunity to witness hear a lot of fast-talking during competition for the state Auctioneer contest at the fair on August 8.

David Allen of Cross Plains rose to the top of the field of 10 finalists and was named the champion auctioneer during the contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association.

Contestants competed for the honor in the Coliseum, auctioning off items and participating in an on-stage interview before a panel of judges. During the bidding portion of the contest, participants auctioned off items with a portion of the proceeds from the sale going to Wisconsin 4-H’ers and to the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.

Allen is a first generation auctioneer and the owner of Wisconsin Fundraiser, a live auction fundraising company. He is a graduate of the World Wide College of Auctioneering and a member of the National Auctioneers Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the WAA.

His wife Erin and children Paul, Duke, Cali and Elsi were on hand to witness the contest.

The ten finalists for the State Fair contest were selected during the preliminaries at the WAA convention earlier this year. Other contestants selected during that event include Seth Adams, Prairie du Chien; David Bell, Beaver Dam; Jenny Markham-Gehl, Genesee; Col. Ray Henry, Foley, MN; Jack Hines, Ellsworth; Kathy Packard, Antigo; Randy Stockwell, Dorchester; Sterling Strathe, Eagle River; and Kendall Thiel, Chilton.

History

The forerunner to this contest was the “State Fair Bid-Calling Contest,” started in 1991 by the “singing auctioneer” LeRoy Van Dyke and the late Roy Holler, a past president of the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association. During the first nine years, contestants were judged only on their bid calling.

In 1999, the contest was changed to the “Wisconsin State Auctioneer Champion” contest, a preliminary competition to the International Auctioneer Championship conducted at the National Auctioneers Association Conference and Show. Unlike the first nine years, the contest now includes interviews with finalists.

Source: https://www.wisfarmer.com/story/news/state/2017/08/23/fast-talking-david-allen-top-auctioneer/593674001/

Other Articles You May Be Interested In

Auction Industry SAE

Auction Industry SAE

LMA Applauds Bill to Allow Livestock Auction Investment in Small and Regional Packers

LMA Applauds Bill to Allow Livestock Auction Investment in Small and Regional Packers

2023 Minnesota Champion Auctioneer!

2023 Minnesota Champion Auctioneer!

Mark your Calendar!

Mark your Calendar!

The Wisconsin Auctioneers Association actively advocates for the auction industry through grassroots lobbying and a WAA legislative fund. Member engagement and donations are key to the success of WAA advocacy efforts.

WAA President

Curt Kramer

Our Mission is to educate, promote and protect the auction industry of Wisconsin:

to encourage Auctioneers; to enhance skills, knowledge and professionalism;

to promote the auction method of marketing for sale of real and personal properties.

Learning the Art of Auctioneering

Auctioneer Schools
State Exam
Regulations

Sales & Use Tax

Auctioneers

It is the duty of every member to protect the public against fraud, misrepresentation or unethical practices in connection with the sale, disposition or liquidation of any real or personal property the auctioneer is called upon to dispose of at public auction.

Auctions

Vehicles

Real Estate

Industry News

Member News

Mark your Calendar!

Mark your Calendar! February 23rd is thenext Day on the Hill in Madison. Join us to advocate on...

Industry Events

14 + 11 =

Contact Us

PO Box 102
Dorchester, WI 54425
(608) 228-4880

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This