The Super Summer Slam Down Bid Calling Championship was held on June 11 at the Midwest Auctioneers Roundup in Dundee, Michigan. Anyone could compete as long as they were a member of their state auctioneers association. The Competition was unique as it was only about bid calling. Contestants were allowed two minutes to sell what they brought and every contestant was required to wear a hat. 24 contestants from 4 states competed for the title and prizes. The top 5 contestants were rewarded; 5th, David Helmer from Saline, Michigan; 4th, Wade Leist from Boyne City, Michigan, 3rd, John Beechy from Nappanee, Indiana, 2nd, Tim Narhi from Byron, Michigan and the Super Summer Slam Down Champion, Leroy Yoder from Clare, Michigan.
As a little boy, growing up on a dairy farm, Leroy Yoder always enjoyed practicing auctioneering. His mother always told him he should be an auctioneer as she thought he talked too much and asked too many questions. Leroy and his brother Willis always talked about going to auction school, and when old enough, they did. Leroy attended Reppert Auction school in 1993. Their first auction was their Dad’s farm auction. They also helped a local auctioneer sell antiques when they first got started. They found there was more to the auction business than standing on a ladder and calling bids on sale day.
Leroy and Willis still work together on their larger auctions, since Willis moved to Indiana a few years back. Leroy continues the business with his family and enjoys working with other auctioneers. Leroy lives in Clare, Michigan with his wife, Lydia Ann, and their 5 children. Leroy is the 1996 Michigan State Auctioneers Association Bid Calling Champion, the MSAA’s first Pennsylvania Dutch Bid Calling Champion, held in Shipshewana, Indiana at the Midwest Auctioneers Roundup, the 2013 Michigan Ringman Champion, and now the Super Summer Slam Down Bid Calling Champion.