Kansan Charly Cummings, winner of the 2011 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC), will display his title-winning talent at the Holton Livestock Exchange, Holton, Kan., on July 12.
Cummings, from the southeastern town of Gas, will help sell about 1,000 head of “quality Kansas feeder cattle,” said market owner and manager Dan Harris. The sale starts at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The market is located about a half-mile east of Holton, on Highway 16.
Cummings defeated 32 other contestants to win the 48th annual WLAC last month in Williamston, S.C. It was his fourth time competing for the world title
His previous highest finish was last year, when he was named runner-up world champion, or third place. In 2008, he won the “Rookie of the Year” award, given to the first-time contestant with the highest score in that year’s semi-finals.
The annual WLAC, considered the World Series and Super Bowl of the livestock auctioneering profession, was created and is conducted by Livestock Marketing Association, the national trade association for progressive marketing businesses like Holton Livestock.
“We’re proud to have a Kansan win the world championship, and look forward to welcoming Charly to Holton,” Harris said.
In addition to being an auctioneer, Cummings, 32, is a partner in Southeast Kansas Stockyards in Gas.
During his year as champion, he will travel across the U.S., appearing at LMA member markets and at industry events. And that’s just fine with him.
“I look forward to visiting many markets like Dan’s, promoting the competitive method of livestock marketing, and being a spokesman for this industry. We need more people in our industry to talk about what we do,” Cummings said.