On February 24 and 25, the state of Oklahoma held the Auctioneer State Championship in Oklahoma City at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Donnie Stumpff, owner of Stumpff’s Realty & Auction Service, Inc., from Cassville, entered the competition. This was Stumpff’s first time entering in Oklahoma. Stumpff, who is the 2010 Missouri State Champion and 2011 Arkansas state champion, said this was one of the toughest competitions yet. The contest consisted of a panel of five judges: World Champion Livestock Auctioneer Ralph Wade, International Champion Auctioneer Jason Miller, International Women’s Champion Auctioneer Megan Niediens, Certified Estate Specialist & Auctioneer Instructor David Whitley, Kentucky State Champion and highly decorated auctioneer Steve Cherry. The preliminaries were held Friday evening where Stumpff said he felt very blessed to advance to the finals on Saturday night when the judges critiqued auctioneering ability in a live auction setting, clarity, rhythm, speed, voice control, chant, product knowledge, and an interview where each contestant was asked three questions about the auction industry. At the end of the evening, Stumpff was named the 2017 Reserve Champion for Oklahoma. Stumpff also advanced earlier in the year to the finals in the Kansas Auctioneer Championship, which will be held at the Kansas State Fair in September. Julia Kilmeremail@example.com
On February 24 and 25, the state of Oklahoma held the Auctioneer State Championship in Oklahoma City at the Embassy Suites Hotel.