|SS Livestock hosts regional World Livestock Auctioneer competition Wednesday|
|Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor|
Oct. 24, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs Livestock & Dairy Auction plays host to one of four regional World Livestock Auctioneer Championship competitions beginning at noon Wednesday.
"Everyone who enjoys listening to a good auctioneer should come by on [Oct.] 25th and hear these professionals in action," said David Fowler, Sulphur Springs Livestock & Dairy Auction president.
Joe Don Pogue of Sulphur Springs won the world title in 1988, one of only three winners from Texas since the competition was launched in 1963.
Twenty-nine contestants from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Oregon and Kentucky will be vying for the chance to advance to the 2007 WLAC to be held in June in Springfield, Mo.,
Among those are four "fast-talkers" from Hopkins County and the surrounding area: Stuart Cody of Sulphur Springs, sponsored by Emory Livestock Auction, Inc.; Shannon Davis of Yantis, sponsored by Winnsboro Livestock & Dairy Auction; Judd Murray of Cooper, sponsored by Cattlemen's Livestock Commission Co. of Paris; and Jack Robinson of Quitman, sponsored by Emory Livestock Auction.
The contest will also feature two world titlists from the 2006 competition — Reserve World Champion Trent Stewart of Redmond, Ore., and Runner-Up World Champion Brian Little of Wann, Okla.
This year's contest is sure to be a tough one, with seven other contestants who finished among the top 10 in previous WLAC contests participating.
Three winners will be named at each of the four regional contests, and the top eight scorers in each competition will be eligible for the 2007 world championships.
Two of the other three regional contests were held Oct. 16, in Madras, Ore., with 23 contestants registered, and Oct. 19, in Wytheville, Va., with 19 contestants registered. The final regional will be Jan. 18, 2007 in Ogallala, Neb. The deadline for entering that contest is Dec. 1.
In addition to advancing to the final competition, regional winners will receive a cash award, as well as a belt buckle.
Contestants must be at least 18, and employed and sponsored by a livestock market.
The contest is an actual market sale, with buyers in the seats.
Master of Ceremonies for the regional contests will be reigning World Champion David Macedo of Tulare, Calif. Contest judges are market owners/operators who rate contestants on vocal clarity and quality, bid-catching ability and the conduct of sale.
Livestock Marketing Association, the national trade association for progressive marketing businesses like Sulphur Springs, created and conducts the annual WLAC. This is the first year the regional format is being used to select contestants for the June contest.