by Liana Turner
MORE than 1000 people will descend on Stanthorpe's McGlew St sporting complex for the Football Stanthorpe Miniroos Carnival this Sunday.
Football Stanthorpe president Chris Haynes said the annual carnival would attract some 420 players in 48 teams from Stanthorpe and as far away as Toowoomba and Glen Innes.
He said conditions were looking great for the carnival.
"It's all on track and everything is looking good,” Haynes said.
With a typical winter day on the cards for Sunday, he said visitors should get a real taste of the Granite Belt - something that often sparked return visits.
"They return because they love the carnival but they also return because they love the tone,” he said.
"It's exposing Stanthorpe to all other districts.”
Haynes said the carnival - which will also use the Stanthorpe State High School fields - was a crucial opportunity for local players.
"It's extremely important for the kids to get to play representative football against others from out of town and see how they'll stand up against them,” he said.
"It's a fun day but it's also challenging skill-wise and it's challenging fitness-wise because it's game after game. It's challenging in all aspects and the kids absolutely love it.”
He said Football Stanthorpe was organising the day but it had been made possible through the support of a range of groups.
"A big thank you to all the club volunteers. Without all the volunteers it's not possible,” Haynes said
"Without the assistance of the Stanthorpe Sports Association, the great assistance of senior rugby league, junior rugby league, City and Carlton FCs and the Stanthorpe State High School, we couldn't hold this event because we don't have the facilities.
"All these groups have worked so well together to make this happen.”
The carnival will run at the McGlew St sporting complex from 9am to 2pm this Sunday.