From the President

Curt Littau
Curt Littau – SDAA President


Hello & Happy New Year SDAA members!

What a year, 2020 in the review mirror! I pray everybody is healthy and has had the opportunity to practice social distancing in their own way. It seems like everything you deal with has been postponed, canceled, or changed in some way. Online auctions have become quite common, however I have seen our live auctions making their way back.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate a good friend and a great auctioneer, Terry Moe, on winning the 2020 South Dakota State Bid Calling Contest at the State Fair over the Labor Day Weekend! The next bid calling contest the SDAA will host is at the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) in Rapid City on January 31, 2021. Be sure to contact Dawn and enter. It is always a lot of fun and has some excellent competition.

Our 2021 annual convention is scheduled to take place in Ft. Pierre, South Dakota on June 10, 11, and 12, 2021 at the AmericInn. Note the enclosed information for reservations!

Once again, I would like to wish everyone a happy and blessed new year!

God Bless!

Curt Littau, SDAA President

2021 Peoples Choice
People’s Choice Winner Tucker Petrak of Chamberlain SD receiving his award
from the 2017 People’s Choice Winner Clayton Keck from St Lawrence SD.
Notice Proud Dad Moment as President Ted Petrak Chamberlain SD looks on.

2019-2020 South Dakota Auctioneers Association President
Ted Petrak, Chamberlain, SD

Wayne Bessman presenting 2019-2020 SDAA President Ted Petrak
the traveling briefcase in memory or Warren Bessman

2019 Peoples Choice
2019 People’s Choice – Back L to R: 2019 Brad Veurink Corisca, SD; 2017 Clayton Keck St Lawrence, SD; 2008 Dan Clark Winner SD; 2014 William (Bill) Eckert Okaton SD; 2009, Ben Meyer Huron SD;
Front L to R: 2015 Jared Sutton Flandreau SD; 2018 Ron Bradeen Custer SD; 2012 Jeff Storm Custer SD; 2011 Don Sweeter Worthing SD; 2007 Val Luckett, Wessington Springs SD.


2019 People's Choice Winner
2019 People’s Choice Winner Brad Veurink Corisca SD pictured with 2018 Peoples Choice Ron Bradeen Custer SD

Wayne Bessman presenting 2018-2019 SDAA President Ken Girard the traveling briefcase in memory or Warren Bessman

Wayne Bessman presenting 2018-2019 SDAA President Ken Girard
the traveling briefcase in memory or Warren Bessman

SDAA Peoples Choice Winners: Back L to R 2016 Randy Owen Watertown SD, 2013 Vernell Qualm Platte SD, 2011 Don Sweeter Worthing SD, 2008 Dan Clark Winner SD, 2012 Jeff Storm Custer SD, 2009 Ben Meyer Huron SD, Front L to R 2017 Clayton Keck St Lawrence SD, 2007 Val Luckett Wessington Springs, SD, 2018 Ron Bradeen Custer SD, 2015 Jared Sutton Flandrea. Started the Peoples Choice award in 2007
SDAA Hall of Fame members present at the 2018 SDAA State Convention.
Back L to R: 2016 Marlin Fjelland Clark SD, 2015 Dan Clark Winner SD, 2004 Don Sweeter Worthing SD, 2002 Dale McPerson Rapid City SD, 2015 Wayne Bessman Madison SD, 2006 Vernell Qualm Platte SD, 2016 Terry Haiar Alexandria SD, 2017 Judson Seaman Rapid City SD, 2017 Tom Souvignier Canton SD
Front L to R: 2011 Marvin Girard Wakonda SD, 2018 Richard Wieman Marion SD, 2007 Darwin Fox DeSmet SD, 2012 Chuck Sutton Flandreau SD
Warren Bessman
Wayne Bessman presenting 2017-2018 SDAA President Ben Meyer the traveling briefcase in memory or Warren Bessman
Past Hall of Fame
Past Hall of Fame Recipients at Convention: Back Row L to R: Wayne Bessman, Chuck Sutton, Dan Clark, Don Sweeter, Marlin Fjelland, Terry Haiar, Vernell Qualm, Marv Girard
Front Row L to R: Dale McPherson, Tom Souvignier, Judson Seaman, Bob Penfield
Ben Meyer presenting gavel to out-going President Val Luckett
Ben Meyer presenting gavel to out-going President Val Luckett
2017 People's Choice winner Clayton Keck
2017 People’s Choice winner Clayton Keck, St Lawrence, SD.
Past Peoples Choice
Past People’s Choice – Back Row L to R: Randy Owen, Dan Clark, Bill Eckert, Jeff Storm, Don Sweeter, Ben Meyer
Front Row L to R: Val Luckett, Clayton Keck, Jared Sutton
2016 Hall of Fame
2016 Hall of Fame
People’s Choice award Randy Owen given by 2015 winner Jared Sutton.
2015 Peoples Choice