Miller to compete in auctioneer championship

WICHITA – 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, Sept. 13. 

This year, Josh Miller of Hansen Auction and Realty, Beloit, will be involved after qualifying as a top ten contestant in Manhattan. 

The Auctioneer Championship featured a preliminary round conducted during the KAA’s Winter Convention last January in Manhattan, Kansas. The top ten were qualified to compete in the final round at the fair and included: Josh Miller - Beloit, Kan.; Arlin Eicher - Hutchinson, Kan.; Andrew Sylvester - Wamego, Kan.; Ross Daniels - Humboldt, Kan.; Donnie Stumpff - Cassville, Mo.; Julia Sparks- Manhattan, Kan.; Tony Wisely - Perry, Okla; Nicholas Ryan Nelson - Hutchinson, Kan.; Hunter Sturgis - Oskaloosa, Kan.; Justin Banzhaf - Cambridge, Neb.

"It is an honor to be selected to compete in the finals," said Josh Miller. "This contest has quite a unique atmosphere being conducted at the State Fair but it is enjoyable and entertaining. Regardless of outcome, my hope is to always represent my family, friends, our auction goers,consignors and Hansen Auction and Realty to the best of my abilities."

Each contestant’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 2018 in Florida.

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.

Headquartered in Wichita, KS, 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.

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