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Vance Runnels returns as auctioneer for Victoria Livestock Show

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Feb. 22, 2014 at 6:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 21, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

Auctioneer Vance Runnels auctions off livestock during The 2013 Victoria Livestock Show at the Community Center in Victoria. He has been an auctioneer for 20 years and will return for his second year during the 2014 stock show.

Vance Runnels has been livestockin' since he was a boy - showcasing steers, heifers and pigs.

But as he outgrew the auctions, he made a career decision to move behind the judges' table and join ranks with some of Texas' finest professional auctioneers.

Licensed since 1994, Runnels, of Hondo, serves as auction manager for the Texas Deer Association, in which he has conducted more whitetail deer auctions than any other auctioneer in the state, he said.

For the second consecutive year, Runnels was invited to serve as auctioneer for the 68th annual Victoria Livestock Show. And his appearance, as always, is expected to be high energy and full steam ahead.

"My job is to create excitement among the buyers, keep the rhythm and the pace and move things forward," Runnels said. "Victoria is great. I was amazed last year with the livestock show on a Monday, that so much of the community came out on a weekday to support the youth."

Billie Hessler, Livestock Show auction chairwoman, said Runnels' auctioneering professionalism was top-shelf last year, which is why the show reached out to him again.

"He came highly recommended," she said. "Hopefully we can continue to get him every year."

Runnels said he's excited to kick off this year's auction and hopes to break dollar records for the child and teen participants.

"I love interacting with the kids and seeing them get involved," he said. "It's going to be another good show."



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