World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

2021 LMA Annual Convention and World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dickson Regional Livestock Center, LLC in Dickson, Tennessee
June 4-7, 2021

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2020 LMA Annual Convention & WLAC Cancellation Announcement

A Message to our LMA and WLAC Family,  

The Livestock Marketing Association Annual Convention and World Livestock Auctioneer Championship are traditions that LMA values greatly as an opportunity to come together as an industry, share vital information and showcase the importance of the auction method of selling. 

Over the past weeks of uncertainty, we have remained in close communication with our Nashville host hotel propertythe Sheraton Music City and our host market family at Dickson Regional Livestock Center. We have also continued to monitor the rapidly changing travel and public gathering restrictions issued at the national, state and local levels 

We recognize that the impact of this unprecedented COVID-19 event extends well beyond the tradition of our annual meeting or the WLAC. We are also highly aware of the distances that our members, guests and contestants travel to attend the event. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our LMA and WLAC family.  

Therefore, LMAalong with the Riley Family at Dickson Regional Livestock Center, has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 LMA Annual Convention and WLAC.  

The Nashville and Dickson, Tenn., based events will be held on June 4-7, 2021. This will feature an adjusted timeline of our events that we hope will also allow for more members and guests to attend. The Convention Kickoff, General Session and Host Market BBQ will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021. The LMA Board of Directors, WLAC Semi-Finalist Interviews and LMA PAC Dinner and Auction will be held Sunday, June 6, 2021, and the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship will be held Monday, June 7, 2021, at Dickson Regional Livestock Center with the Awards Banquet to follow that evening. 

The 30 WLAC semi-finalists already qualified to compete in the 2020 WLAC contest will remain eligible for competition as semi-finalists for the 2021 event. Howeverin anticipation that a 2020 International Livestock Auctioneer Champion is named later this summer, we will offer a bye to both the 2019 and 2020 International Livestock Auctioneer Champions, pending they meet all necessary WLAC entry requirements. We will not be hosting qualifying event rounds for the upcoming year.  

If you have already made hotel reservations with the Sheraton Music within the LMA room block, your reservations will automatically be canceled.   

LMA leadership is reviewing plans for our annual membership meeting, which is an important annual event for reviewing policy action and the transfer of leadership. We will share information about the annual meeting, whether to be held in-person or virtually, as soon as it becomes available.  

Whether you planned to attend the annual convention or WLAC event for the first time, or you have attended many times throughout the years, we know how special this event is for LMA members and WLAC participants. While a disappointing decision, we hope you know our actions are always in the best interest of our members. If you have any questions about the eventplease do not hesitate to contact Kristen Parman, Vice President of Membership Services at (816) 645-5916 or kparman@lmaweb.com.  

Our full LMA team sends support and best wishes to you all during this trying time.   

Accommodations & Travel

Sheraton Music City Hotel
777 McGavok Pk
Nashville, TN 37214

Airport
Nashville International Airport (2.5 miles)
*Sheraton Music City does have a complimentary airport shuttle.

2021 Schedule at a Glance

Friday, June 4, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration Desk Opens
Tradeshow Vendor Set-Up (by 5:00 p.m.)
12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Grand Ole Opry Tour
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception Opportunity
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Nashville by Night Tour

Saturday, June 5, 2021
7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration and Tradeshow Open
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast in Tradeshow Area
7:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. WLAC Committee Meeting
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Convention Kickoff
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General Session
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Showcase Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. General Session Continued
2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break in Tradeshow
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. General Session Continued
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Host Market BBQ

Sunday, June 6, 2021
7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration and Tradeshow Open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sponsor Breakfast Session(s)
9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Semi-Finalist Briefing
10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. LMA Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Leadership Luncheon
2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break in Tradeshow
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. WLAC Semi-Finalists Interviews
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. LMA PAC Dinner & Auction

Monday, June 7, 2021
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 57th World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, Dickson Regional Livestock Center, Inc., Dickson, Tennessee
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception Opportunity
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. WLAC Banquet & Awards Ceremony