Novice Competition

Lake Boehm
2023 Novice Champion Auctioneer

Lake Boehm is the Location Manager at Hansen Auction Group’s yard in Princeton, MN. He graduated from the Reppert School of Auctioneering in late 2019 and holds auctioneering licenses in WI, MN, and IN. He is deeply passionate about the auction industry and values both the online platform as well as the live bid call aspects of the business. In his free time, Lake enjoys fly fishing and hunting with traditional archery equipment. He currently resides in Cambridge, MN with his wife Emilie. 

Past Novice Champions

2022 – Jacob Hills
2020/2021 – Tilon Mast
2019 – Troy Krueger
2018 – Matt Zimmerman
2017 – Mark Oberholtzer
2016 – Robert Helmuth
2015 – Dallas Kravlovetz
2014 – Chris Sund
2013 – Jeremy Schaefer
2012 – Sterling Strathe
2011 – Katy Cain
2010 – Joe Mellem
2009 – Michelle Massart, CAI
2008 – Randy Warne
2007 – Jamie Back
2006 – Rod Johnson, BAS
2005 – Patricia Fox
2004 –
2003 – Sherry Blakeley
2002 – Kelly Nemetz
2001 – Kurt Kramer
2000 – Jonathan Green
1999 – Laura Hackey
1998 – Deborah Rankin
1997 – Allen Buch
1996 – Larry Teasdale
1995 – Larry Larmer, CAI
1994 – Eli Detweiler, CAI
1993 – Paul Witte

Novice Competition Rules

Novice Auctioneer Contest
Have you been an auctioneer for 5 years or less? If so, why not compete in this year’s novice auctioneer contest? Novice Contest will be held this year on Sunday beginning at 5 PM.

You’ll get an opportunity to compete with other new auctioneers and show off your skills. You never know who in the audience may be looking for help at their auctions. You really should enter.


2. There shall be one division combined for men and women.

3. Contestants shall be 18 years of age or older, current members of the WAA, and hold a current Wisconsin auctioneer license. An auction market, auction company, private company or business person, association, newspaper, etc. may sponsor a contestant.

4. The contest is open to unlimited entries. The current Novice of the Year may be a contestant but his/her entry fee shall be waived.

5. Entries must be accompanied by a $20 non-refundable entry fee, must be received prior to the contest. Each Contestant is to bring one (1) item to be auctioned off of $25 value or more.

6. All contestants must check in at one half hour( ½ hour) before the contest scheduled time for orientation and drawing for order of appearance. There will be a drawing for the order in which NOVICE contestants compete.

7. The dress code used for the International Auctioneer Championship Contest (IAC) will be used, specifically: men shall wear business suits/ties and dress shoes. Women shall wear business suits (pants or skirt) and no open-toes shoes. Failure to meet the dress code may be cause for elimination at the call of the contest committee.

8. The sound system shall be preset. Contestants will be allowed to test it in advance but cannot adjust it during the contest.

9. Announcements the day of the contest will take precedence over printed material.

10. Three to five judges shall be selected by the contest committee.

11. The IAC scoring system (attached) will be used.

12. When the contestant’s number is called by the Emcee, the contestant shall come to the microphone and state only his/her name, city, contestant number, and sponsor(s), if any. Any reference of a commercial nature for the individual auctioneer shall be cause for a reduction of score.

13. Each contestant shall sell three (3) consecutive items. Before the leaving the microphone, the contestant shall again state his/her name and contestant number.

14. Before leaving the microphone, the contestant shall again state only his/her name, city, contestant number, and sponsors if any. Any reference of a commercial nature for the individual auctioneer shall be cause for a reduction of score.

15. Scores from the contest will determine the NOVICE Auctioneer of the Year.

16. If a tie score occurs in the preliminary round, the contestant with the highest score in the Chant/Voice category will prevail.

17. The NOVICE Auctioneer of the Year is invited to participate at the WI State Fair Auctioneer Championship. There is no charge for this competition to the NOVICE Auctioneer.

18. All contestants will receive participation medallions.

19. Contestants shall not be given the exact order of finish. Score sheets and judges’ comments will be sent after the contest.

20. Committee members shall not participate in the contest in the year in which they serve.

21. Past champions may not compete in subsequent contests.

22. The committee chair shall address, as needed, any and all errors or omissions regarding rules and regulations of the contest. The decision of the committee chair shall be final and binding at the time a decision is made and shall apply to all contestants.

23. All proceeds from the auction will used at the discretion of WAA. An optional 10% buyer’s fee will be donated to a charity chosen by WAA.

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Riley Kahl

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

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

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