2023 Winter Convention

Great real estate continuing education was taught by Vern Jarboe with the Required Kansas Core and an elective course on issues he hears as the attorney for the Kansas Association of Kansas’s legal hotline. Saturday the exceptional education was continued with Shawn Terrell and Sara Rose Bytnar. Our annual election was conducted and Ross Daniels was elected Vice President with AJ Jones was elected to the Board. JB Robison, Jr won the 1st Annual Ringman Championship and Elvan Schrock won the Rookie Contest. At the awards banquet, the Award of Support went to Mike Alfers posthumously, the Award of Distinction went to Don & Terry Hamit and Andy Conser was inducted into the KAA Hall of Fame.

Enter the 2022 Kansas Auctioneer Contest

Our Annual Kansas Auctioneer Championship Contest returns to its all-in-one-day format with the preliminary and final rounds held on stage at the Kansas State Fair on Wednesday, September 14th.

The contest starts at the Hansen Auditorium at 10:30, where contestants will answer two interview questions. The bid-calling portion of the contest will be at the Peoples Bank & Trust Arena from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  

Entry is limited to the first twenty applicants, so register now to make your run at being the 2022 KAA Champion!



  • Must  be 18 years of age or older, a member of the Kansas Auctioneers Association and must conduct business in the State of Kansas. 
  • Must remit $100.00 entry fee in order to compete.
  • Entries will be limited to the first twenty (20) submissions.
  • Interview portion is at the Hansen Auditorium starting at 10:30 am
    • Contestant roll call is at 9:30 am and will be given no later than 10:00 am to report.
      • A contestant will be disqualified without return of their entry fee if they have not reported by 10:00 am.
    • Each contestant will answer two interview questions before judges.
    • Interview order will be determined by a drawing and all contestants will be sequestered until their turn arrives.
    • Contestants will be introduced by number drawn.
    • Contestants must introduce themselves, where they are from (city), and their number.
    • Any contestant not present when called will be disqualified. 
  • Bid calling portion is from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the People’s Bank & Trust Arena.
    • Contestant roll call is at 1:00 pm and will be given no later the 1:30 pm to report.
      • A contestant will be disqualified without return of their entry fee if they have not reported by 1:30 pm.
    • Contestants will have the opportunity to test the sound system prior to the start of the preliminary round.
      • The sound system will be pre-set and will not be adjusted during the contest. 
    • Each contestant will supply two (2) items to sell for the preliminary round and the KAA will supply items for the finals.
    • Contestants will compete in the same order as the interview portion.
    • Any contestant not present when called will be disqualified. 
    • Final round will consist of the top five (5) scoring contestants from the preliminaries.
    • Any contestant not present when called for the preliminaries or finals will be disqualified. 
  • Dress appropriately for a professional presentation.


  • There shall be three judges, consisting of auctioneers or those who operate/manage auction services or facilities.
  • Interview (40%) and preliminary bid calling round (60%.scores will be combined to determine top five for final round
  • Scores from the preliminary round will combine with scores of the final bid calling round to determine the champion.


The Champion will receive a belt buckle (presented immediately following the contest), a plaque at Winter Convention, and $1,000 in one of the following options:

  • $1,000 prize money check
  • $300 NAA online membership renewal reimbursement + $700 prize money check
  • $300 NAA online membership renewal reimbursement + $350 International Auctioneer Championship entry fee reimbursement + $350 prize money check
  • The Champion will be required to attend the KAA Winter Convention in order to receive the awards specified above and assist the MC with the preliminaries. Failure to meet this important requirement will result in the forfeiture of all awards.

The Reserve Champion will receive a plaque and $500 prize money.

The Runner Up will receive a plaque and $250 prize money.


  • The Champion and Reserve Champion are required to return to the Fair on September 17th to serve as auctioneers for the Kansas State Fair Committee by selling approximately 25 chainsaw sculptures at the Peoples Bank & Trust Arena at 4:00 PM and showcase the best reasons why people should work with a member of the Kansas Auctioneers Association.
  • The Champion is required to serve on the next year’s Kansas Auctioneer Contest Committee. 


KAA members, don’t forget about Kansas Auctioneers Day – enjoy a fabulous family day a the Fair!

2020 Kansas Auctioneer Championship

The 2020 Kansas State Fair has been cancelled. For the first time ever, the Kansas Auctioneer Championship will be held in Salina and will offer internet bidding so everyone can not only watch but participate!

Join us this Wednesday, September 16, either in person or online to watch the 10 finalists compete for this year’s Kansas Auctioneer Championship! You will enjoy bidding online or live at this combined estate auction of antiques, furniture, collectibles, glassware, jewelry, farm toys, vintage toys, and home goods.


View the inventory and place pre-auction bids from now through September 16 and tune in to the live stream at 6 p.m. to watch the contest from the comfort of your own computer!


In person

Make plans to bring a mask and attend this live auction in person. It will be at Central Mall in Salina at 2259 S 9th St. The auction starts at 5 p.m. and the contestants will being competing at 6 p.m. In addition to bidding on a wide variety of excellent quality items, you will experience the energy and suspense of the Kansas Auctioneer Championship presented by the Kansas Auctioneers Association!

KAA COVID-19 Recommended Guidelines

The KAA Board of Directors had their annual retreat virtual meeting yesterday. They not only worked on how to best serve the membership this year, but discussed the current situation we all find ourselves in with COVID-19.

This morning, members should have received an email with the association’s COVID-19 recommendations. It will be mailed to any member who does not have an email on file.

Either way, members can access the information by logging into the members area of the website.

We do ask everyone do what is in the best interest of sellers, buyers, you and your auction crew to stay healthy and safe in these trying times we find ourselves in.

2020 Kansas Auctioneer Championship preliminary round

The preliminary round of the 2020 Kansas Auctioneer Championship was held in Manhattan, Kansas, on January 24, 2020, in conjunction with the 2020 KAA Winter Convention where members of the association get together to learn and network to improve themselves and their profession. On this website, you can find members of the association to conduct your auction or you can browse members’ auctions to find one in your neck of the woods.

Listed below are the contestants in order of appearance. Join the finalists at the Kansas State Fair in September when they compete for the buckle!

  1. Carlin Hooten
  2. Arlin Eicher
  3. Cody Miller
  4. Brady Altic
  5. Wayne Morris
  6. Josh Miller
  7. Quest Flesner
  8. Troy Wedel
  9. Daniel Gutierrez
  10. Nathan Glessner
  11. Clay Schaardt
  12. Ross Daniels
  13. Drew Russell
  14. Carson Hayes
  15. Dalton McGinnis
  16. John Kisner
  17. Jarett Pfannenstiel
  18. Lewis Bolinger

2020 KAA Winter Convention

Join us for a fabulous weekend of learning and networking with your peers in the auction industry.

If you have a real estate license, you can register for two CE courses on Friday. Stick around for dinner and the Kansas Auction Championship preliminaries, Fun Auction and Rookie Contest. It will be a great evening of fun.

Saturday is power packed with sessions and we will be holding our Annual Meeting. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors and have hand in helping lead the association and serve members to help them achieve success, be sure to make your declaration, as we will be holding the election in the morning following breakfast. Spend the evening at our Award Banquet where we award scholarships to very deserving students, find out who the new Hall of Fame inductee is, as well as the recipients of the Award of Distinction and Award of Support.

Sunday has a memorial service for those members and/or family of members are honored. Enjoy a great panel with the Great Ideas: Ask the Experts session before the Installation Brunch to end a great weekend.


2019 Winter Convention recap

Excellent networking and auctioneer education, plus the 2019 KAA Auctioneer Championship preliminary round at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lawrence.

Thursday while the Board of Directors has its Board meeting and the President-Elect, Jeff Ruckert, has a meeting with Past President’s, everyone else enjoyed the President’s Reception. 

Friday started off with a legislative update from Dan Murray before the real estate continuing education courses. The Required Broker Core: RISK – Your Business is NOT a Game with Amanda Rempe and, elective course, Negotiating Strategies for Real Estate: Building Skills to Enhance Consumer Services with John Hamilton were held for those members needing to maintain their real estate license.  For members without a real estate license or attendees who are the support staff for our members, a session called Just Jump with Tammy Miller and Auction from Beginning to Close with Jason Winter were held.

The evening included the Fun Auction, the 28th Annual Kansas Auctioneer Championship preliminaries where the top 10 qualified to compete in the finals on September 11th at the Kansas State Fair. 

Congrats and good luck to our finalist: Hunter Sturgis, Morris Yoder, Ty Patton, Titus Yutzy, Clay Schaardt, Troy Wedel, Arlin Eicher, Eric Boone, Quest Flesner and Carson Hayes.

Saturday was just a phenomenal with lots of fantastic educational sessions that included, negotiations, enhancing communication, the healing power of humor and mental toughness and courage. The auxiliary held their scholarship luncheon and auction. The Annual Meeting was held where members were able to hear from the Committees on the work they have done for the year, get a look at the financial review by the association’s accountant and hear about incoming President, Jeff Ruckert’s Presidential Plan. It was announced that Jason Schnieder and Hunter Sturgis were elected to the Board of Directors and Tommy Lindsay, Jr was elected to the position of Vice President. A new, more modern KAA logo was revealed to the membership, as well.

The Awards Banquet recognized our speakers, exhibitors, and sponsors.  Scholarships were awarded to Benjamin Hall, Payton Doll, Ashley Hall and Kaylie Doll.  The Award of Distinction went to Daniel Gutierrez, the Award of Support was given to Dwayne Leslie of Auction Guy, Tony Wisely was recognized as our 2017 Kansas Auctioneer Champion and Rick Garvin was inducted into the KAA Hall of Fame.

Sunday finished out a great convention with it’s Inspirational Worship Service & KAA Memorial, a Great Ideas – Ask the Experts panel session and the installation brunch.


Saturday banquet and awards


2019 Kansas Auctioneer Championship preliminary round

The preliminary round of the 2019 Kansas Auctioneer Championship was held in Lawrence, Kansas, on January 18, 2019. The finalists listed below in no particular order will compete at the Kansas State Fair in September for the buckle.

  • Arlin Eicher
  • Troy Wedel
  • Titus Yutzy
  • Hunter Sturgis
  • Carson Hayes
  • Clay Schaardt
  • Eric Boone
  • Quest Flesner
  • Ty Patton
  • Morris Yoder

2019 KAA KAC finalists
2019 KAA KAC finalists

Tony Wisely named 2018 Kansas Auctioneer Champion

It was a beautiful day at the Kansas State Fair on September 12. After those who attend Kansas Auctioneer Day spent the morning enjoying the fair while the board of directors had a meeting, everyone gathered at the Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena for our 28th Annual Kansas Auctioneer Championship to support our ten talented finalists.

Shannon Schur, Barrett Bray, Jeff Craig and Vern Koch were the esteemed judges with the pleasure of determining who the next champion would be. After each contestant sold two items, scores were tallied and then the top five contestants answered interview questions before selling additional items. Then, the order of finish was announced and Tony Wisely received the champion’s belt buckle and will be awarded his plaque, along with receiving prize money, at Winter Convention in Lawrence, Kansas, this coming January.

Everyone took time to relax and enjoy each other’s company over funnel cakes from Connie’s and, again, having some state fair fun before meeting in Dillon Hall for dinner and more fellowship. Before the meal was done, Michael Schwanke, news anchor for KWCH in Wichita, spoke about the media, its role and how the ever-changing world of social media has changed how news reporters do their jobs in order to remain relevant and respected.

The contest is a fantastic way for our organization to promote the auction industry and highlight the talent of auctioneers. Auctioneer Day has continued to be well received and enjoyed by many members.



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