STATE FINALIST: Local auctioneer young gun Corey Evans will attend the state championships in August later this year.
STATE FINALIST: Local auctioneer young gun Corey Evans will attend the state championships in August later this year. Laura Blackmore

Kingaroy auctioneer to take on best in state at Ekka

EVERY year, Australian Livestock and Property Agents scouts the state in search of the best up and coming auctioneers.

The search led them to Kingaroy auctioneer Corey Evans, 21, who was selected as one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition.

To be eligible to become a finalist, entrants need to hold an auctioneer's licence and attend an intensive two-day workshop at the Young Auctioneers School in Rockhampton.

As it was Mr Evans' second time at the school, he knew what to expect.

"I had trouble breathing the first year, but the school has a speech pathologist who really helps us learn to get used to the pace," he said.

Mr Evans has been working for Aussie Land and Livestock in Kingaroy for the past three years and credits his success as an auctioneer to his role within the company.

"The day-to-day stuff such as going out and meeting people at the local saleyards has really helped me build my career," he said.

Some of his favourite things about auctioneering include "being around the cattle and building a rapport with the buyers".

Mr Evans will travel to Brisbane in August for the state championships at the Royal Queensland Show, affectionately known as the Ekka.

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