Arkansas Auctioneers Association Championships won by father and son

A father and son have their own callings.

Both are proven champions in this area, the auction.

Dennis Huggins and his 10-year-old son Hadyn were the 2022 Arkansas Auctioneers Association State Champions on Saturday, May 14 in Hot Springs.

Dennis Huggins has his own auction business called Border Town Auctions based in Muldrow, Oklahoma. Hadyn can also answer the call, though he’s not 100% sure he wants to talk so fast for a living.

But he can call like dad. Hadyn said singing in church helped her voice as an auctioneer a lot. He was named the reserve junior champion at the meet in Hot Springs on Saturday, May 14.

That same day, dad Dennis Huggins took the mic in his competition class at Hot Springs. He was named state champion in the professional bidding competition.

The Huggins live in Muldrow, Oklahoma, and Hadyn is in fourth grade at Roland Elementary School. Dennis Huggins has an auctioneer’s license in Arkansas and was a member of the association.

It was in 1998 that Dennis Huggins, 55, decided to follow the call to become an auctioneer.

“I’ve always been intrigued by auctioning growing up and going to auctions with my dad. I’ve always wondered how these guys do it,” Dennis Huggins said.

Dennis Huggins, center, is the Arkansas State Auction Champion.  At left is Justin Kennedy of the Oklahoma School of Auctioneering, and pictured right is Matt Sandmann, the 2021 Arkansas Champion.

He learned that being an auctioneer is a lot like being an athlete. The muscles used are in the mouth and tongue.

“It takes a lot of practice. You start off by saying tongue twisters,” Dennis Huggins said. “It’s all in what we call muscle memory.”

The Huggins will travel next door to San Diego for an international auction competition in the pro and junior divisions on July 25.

They were on a field trip with classmates from Roland Upper Elementary School on Wednesday, May 18, at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Hadyn spoke by phone during a break from the Ozark theme park attractions. He explained how he won a trophy, but as for making a living as an auctioneer, Hadyn said, “I don’t know.”

Cindy Huggins was on a field trip with her husband Dennis and son Hadyn in Silver Dollar City. Cindy Huggins is the district orchestra director and director of Roland’s high school choir.

Dennis Huggins won first place in the pro bidding at the Arkansas Auctioneers Association State Championship on Saturday, May 14 in Hot Springs.

Cindy is also a licensed auctioneer and real estate agent. Dennis Huggins said he was considered a first-generation auctioneer, as no one in his family had such a vocation. And Hadyn would be a second-generation auctioneer.

Dennis Huggins said auction work is going well. He works about 50 to 60 auctions a year.

“It’s been good to use. The Lord has taken care of us,” Dennis Higgins said.

Dennis Huggins said he had a chance to be a world champion auctioneer.

“I’ve got as good a chance as anybody else,” Huggins said.

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