Des Moines, IA – Each year the best of the best Midwest auctioneers travel to the capital city to compete during the Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA) preliminary contest in February. Finalists then get the chance to battle it out in the fall at the Iowa State Fair to be named the Iowa State Champion Auctioneer. Twenty finalists made it through to the semi-finals. The contest begins at 9:00 AM at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, August 13. Join bidders and spectators at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage, just north of the Walnut Center & Iowa Craft Beer Tent, for this lively contest. The semi-finals and finals are held under normal auction conditions, open to the public, and free to watch. The public is encouraged to participate and bid on items.

The top twenty will show off their skills and talents in two weeks, but only one gets crowned Champion. During the contest, each participant will auction off three items. Contestants are judged on speed, bid calling ability, salesmanship, and professional appearance.

2019 finalists include

Chris Richard, Mt. Pleasant, IA

Trenton A. Forrest, North English, IA

J.J. Wise, Klemme, IA

Cole Stetzel, Guthrie Center, IA

Chad Shepard, Cedar Falls, IA

Joseph Bair, Elkhart, IA

Dan Hershberger, Lime Springs, IA

Chad Bals, Ames, IA

Leon Martin, Ionia, IA

Heath Downing, Creston, IA

Kam Hartstack, Clarinda, IA

Riley Sieren, Washington, IA

Daniel Wilson, Redfield, IA

Rodney Perry, Moravia, IA

Justin Steward, Wyoming, IA

Robert A. Barker, Keosaqua, IA

Zachary Laurie, Indianola, IA

Quest Flesner, Taylor, MO

Dylan Webb, Osceola, IA

Justin Brant, Glidden, IA

 The top five finalists receive a ribbon and trophy. Cash prizes are awarded to the champion, reserve champion, first runner up, second runner up, and third runner up. The Iowa State Champion Auctioneer will take home $1,000 grand prize, presented by the association.

The Iowa Auctioneers Association was established in 1949 to enhance the skills, knowledge, professionalism, and image of all Iowa auctioneers; while seeking to elevate the standards of the auction industry and promote a good public image. For more information about the Iowa Auctioneers Association please go to www.iowaauctioneers.org.