Runge Named 2013 Iowa State Champion Auctioneer

Tyler Runge of Columbus, Nebraska, was named the 2013 Iowa State Champion Auctioneer at the Iowa Auctioneers Association (IAA) Bid Calling Contest Finals on August 13.

Tyler Runge, a third generation auctioneer, lives in Columbus Nebraska, with his wife Laura. In 2012, Tyler was named the Nebraska state bid calling champion. Tyler works as a contract auctioneer, selling a variety of items, from livestock to big equipment.

Runge will now serve for three years on the IAA Bid Calling Contest committee and will be the emcee for the 2014 contest finals.

Reserve Champion was Jerick Miller of Stark City, Missouri. Also finishing in the top five spots were Tim Markham of Holy Cross, Iowa, first runner up; Jeff Garber of Lincoln, Missouri, second runner up; and Jordan Cannon of Central City, Iowa, third runner up.

The contestants are required to participate in the preliminary contest during the IAA Annual Convention that is held in February, with the top 21 advancing to the finals at the Iowa State Fair.

Also competing in the final round of competition at the Iowa State Fair were: Dorothy Bantz, Independence, Iowa; Tracey Bantz, Independence, Iowa; Todd Borgmeyer, Norfolk, Nebraska; Trisha Brauer, Roeland Park, Kansas; R.J. Brinkmeyer, Hubbard, Iowa; TJ Demoss, Albia, Iowa; Daniel Hershberger, Lime Springs, Iowa; Craig Hilpipre, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Leroy Hoffman, Titonka, Iowa; Gary Juranek, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Chris Mason, Early, Iowa; Steve Maynes, Dexter, Iowa; Matt McWhirter, Wayland, Iowa; Randy Nefzger, Dyersville, Iowa; Christopher L. Richard, Mount Pleasant, Iowa; and Don Wagner, Humeston, Iowa.