The second of three qualifying events for the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) will be hosted by Longview Livestock in Longview, Texas, on December 1, 2022.
Opening ceremonies will commence at 1:00 p.m. (CT), with the awards presentation following the competition. A total of 31 contestants will compete for a top 10 placing, granting them a spot in the semi-finals for the 2023 WLAC at Arcadia Stockyard in Arcadia, Fla.
Each qualifying event is a live sale where each contestant auctions at least 8 drafts of livestock (traditionally cattle) to actual bidders. Contestants are judged on the clarity of their auction chant, professionalism, and their ability to conduct the sale while catching bids.
Contestants competing are Andy Baumeister, Goldthwaite, Texas; Gary Crawley, Kiowa, Okla.; Shannon Davis, Winnsboro, Texas; Justin Dodson, Welch, Okla.; Keelan Dunn, Bowie, Texas; Quest Flesner, Hannibal, Mo.; Cody Hanold, Brighton, Ill.; Kirby Hill, Paris, Texas; Travis Holck, Lake Crystal, Minn.; Calvin Hollis, Mannford, Okla.; Michael Imbrogno, Turlock, Calif.; Takoda Kiser, Wytheville, Va.; Jonathan Lopinto, Amite, La.; Lane Marbach, Victoria, Texas; Tilon Mast, Auburn, Neb.; Brandon McLagan, Elmer, Mo.; Justin Mebane, Bakersfield, Calif.; Bill Nance, Sheldon, Mo.; Tate Rainey, Sweetwater, Texas; Troy Robinett, Decatur, Texas; Luke Schubert, Brainerd, Minn.; Ethan Schuette, Washington, Kan.; Jeff Showalter, Broadway, Va.; Barrett Simon, Rosalia, Kan.; Dustin Smith, Jay, Okla.; Brooks Thompson, Prague, Okla.; Scott Twardowski, Swanville, Minn.; Seth Waldroup, Westminster, S.C.; Curtis Wetovick, Fullerton, Neb.; Tim Yoder, Montezuma, Ga.; Zack Zumstein, Marsing, Idaho. The public may attend the livestock auction and competition free of charge. It will also be streamed live on the Livestock Marketing Association’s Facebook page.
Qualifying events are balanced across LMA membership. The final qualifying event will be held at Windsor Livestock Auction Co., Inc. in Windsor, Mo., on January 4, 2023.