Martin Crowned Iowa Bid Calling Champion
The 2023 Iowa Auctioneers Bid Calling Contest was won by Leon Martin of Waverly, Iowa. Martin was a top five finalist after the first round of competition and bested the other four remaining contestants to claim this year's Iowa Bid Calling belt buckle and one thousand dollar prize.
Other top five contestants were: David Chaddock, Whittemore; Dylan Webb, Milo; Sonny Jensen, Albert Lea, Minn.; Tyler Weaver, Centerville.
The Iowa Auctioneers Bid Calling Contest takes place annually as part of the Iowa Auctioneers Annual Convention. This year's convention was held in West Des Moines on January 26-28, 2023. Other contests at the convention include the Ring Person Contest, Rookie Auctioneer Contest, and the Advertising Contest. Auctioneers from Iowa and neighboring states gather to glean the latest information about the auction business, interact with fellow auctioneers, and compete for prizes.
Next year's convention will be held on January 25-27, 2024 at the Sheraton West Des Moines in West Des Moines, Iowa.