South Dakota Bid Calling Contest results

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The 2015 South Dakota Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Contest was held Sept. 6 at the South Dakota State Fair. Brent Ulmer of Ashley, N.D., was crowned champion, receiving a plaque, belt buckle and cash. The first runner up was Lewis Reuer of Bowdle, receiving a plaque and cash. The second runner up was Ted Souvignier of Canton, receiving a plaque and cash. This was no easy contest, as going into the final round we had a tie, and Brent and Lewis tied two more times in the finals, with finally Brent coming out on top. Brent’s duties for the upcoming year will be to host the fun auction that is held every year at the South Dakota Auctioneers Convention to be held June 9, 2016, in Watertown and hosting the 2016 bid calling contest in Huron. Everyone did a great job, and it was a very close competition.

Thank you to Catilin and Donna Eckert, Okaton, for helping clerk; Justin Dean, Artesian; Val Luckett, Wessington Springs; Ben Meyer, Huron; Tom Souvignier, Canton; Marlin Fjelland, Clark; Bill Eckert, Okaton, for helping ring. Thank you to Jon Millar, Sturgis, for being the MC. And a big thank you to the judges: Wanda Tapken, Wessington Springs; Mace Luckett, Rapid City; Alden Olsen, Huron; Bob Schmit, Artesian; Jeff Eberdorfer, Fedora, and to all the contestants: Don Curtis, Mitchell; Sam McCloud, Hoven; Lewis Reuer, Bowdle; Brent Ulmer, Ashley, N.D.; Ted Souvignier, Canton; Megan Hammond, Elkton; Jackson Hedgerfeld, Brookings; Bill Jensen, Langforth; Glenn Trautman, II Sabin, Minn.; Nick Stormo, Watertown; Randy Reuer, Bowdle. Also thanks go to our Hall of Fame: Don Sweeter, Worthing, and Vernell Qualm, Platte, and a congrats to Helen Sweeter, Worthing, for her award as 2015 Eminent Homemaker. Thanks go to the 4-H Foundation for helping and letting us help you. We raised over $7,000 for the Foundation. We hope to see everyone at the Black Hills Stock Show for the Bid Calling Contest on Jan. 31, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Civic Center.