The Wisconsin Auctioneers Association held their annual WI State Champion Auctioneer Contest at the WI State Fair and Jim Gavin of Gavin Bros. Auctions, LLC received the wining scores from the 5 judges.

The journey began in January with a preliminary auctioneer contest held in conjunction with the annual Wisconsin Auctioneers Association convention. At that time 22 contestants were in the preliminaries and the five judges narrowed it to 12 semi-finalists for the final competition at the WI State Fair. The competition was held on the Main Stage in the Coliseum of the WI State Fair Park. The competition entails an initial round where all the competitors sold 3 items and then determined by the judges scores the field was narrowed to 6 finalists. The six finalists then had to answer two industry related questions and sell an additional 3 items for the final round. This competition was also a fund raiser for the 4-H Foundation with the competitors selling various items donated for the 4-H Foundation and the WI State Fair Park Foundation.

The twelve finalists were Kendall Thiel, Chilton; Joe Mellem, Monticello; Randy Stockwell, Dorchester; Jim Gavin, Baraboo; Bryce Hansen, Prairie Farm; Ray Henry, Foley, MN; Robert Helmuth, Junction City; Jeremy Schafer, Lake City, MN; Christopher Sund, Sparta; Damien Massart, Green Bay; David Allen, Cross Plains and Mark Oberholtzer, Owen.

With the first auction lots being sold the judges made the 12 semi-finalists to 6 and they were Robert Helmuth, Jim Gavin, Mark Oberholtzer, David Allen, Ray Henry and Randy Stockwell. When the final “calling” was done and the scores were tallied the Champion was Jim Gavin, with David Allen being the 1st runner–up and second runner-up was Randy Stockwell.

Our WAA Championship Auction is open to the public and we invite you to attend at the next WI State Fair in 2017.

The Wisconsin Auctioneers Association is a non-profit trade association that exists for the purpose of promoting the growth and professionalism of the auction method of marketing and Auctioneering in the State of Wisconsin. For further information our website is or you may call 1 608 558 5041.