(Photo by Chris Kaiser, staff)
Performing the auction duties was DeWitt Auction Co. which was founded in 1976 by Jeff DeWitt, who still owns the business. Conducting 50 to 75 farm equipment auctions a year, along with a monthly equipment auction at the DeWitt Auction lot in Sikeston, Mo., DeWitt Auction Co. has become the leader in offering appraisals and selling farm equipment, according to its owner. For the last 30 years DeWitt Auction Co. has conducted auctions spanning 12 states and has built an extensive mailing list of buyers from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, Greece and Central America.
According to Jack Holifield, the auction -- which sold over 700 items -- lasted from 9 a.m., to 4:30 p.m., bringing in close to 3,000 individuals. Those attending the auction spanned from areas from Texas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Alabama and even some buyers from Mexico. The auctioneers for the event were Jack Holifield and Jeff DeWitt.
"I think [the auction] was great," Holifield said. "It was the best sale we've ever had, as far as total dollar volume and good equipment prices."
Dewitt Auction Co., is in conjunction to the local radio station, KTMO, which holds a farm show inside of the American Legion Building.
According to the KTMO Account Executive Mike Hunter, approximately 45 booths were set up in the American Legion Building for the farm show, ranging from car dealers, communications, insurance, equipment dealers, tire salesman, and booths with newer technology for agriculture, as well as a food vendor. "It's one of the major attractions here in Kennett, because of the fact that it brings in so many people at one time, for one day," said Hunter. "It's really beneficial to not just Kennett but the whole area."