Everything you need to know about winter Snowflakes festival
- What's on: Stanthorpe Snowflakes winter festival
- When: The festival's official opening will be held on Friday at 10am and activities will run across town, in the main street and at the Stanthorpe Showgrounds over the three days. The ice skating rink at the showgrounds is open to the public a day early, from 10.30am tomorrow.
- For tickets or a full list of events visit www.snowflakesinstanthorpe.com.au
QUEENSLAND'S premier winter festival is here with Stanthorpe set to be inundated by tourists over the coming days. As many as 15,000 people are expected to head along to Snowflakes in Stanthorpe between tomorrow and Sunday.
Organisers have put two years of effort into planning the event, with doors to the Stanthorpe Showgrounds ready to fling open.
"We're looking forward to a bumper crop of snow this weekend and great, huge crowds," Snowflakes in Stanthorpe president Tracey Gosney said.
A dedicated team of people have helped pull the festival together, according to Mr Gosney.
"We've got a great team and everyone has worked in their area and it's come together fantastically."
Key organiser Robyn Henderson said the town's input had been vital.
"I think we've had a huge amount of community support," she said.
"The main street looks fantastic with all the Snowflakes discs and snowmen.
"We're seeing a lot of community spirit in the main street.
"You're seeing signs in the windows, stickers, and we've had so many people donate their time.
"We are helping the community too.
"We are donating a lot of funds back in from running Snowflakes.
"Yes it brings fun and joy and lots of excitement but it's also about giving back."
It will be the fourth Snowflakes event and Mrs Henderson said the initial dream had well and truly been accomplished.
"Absolutely. I can look at the map of bookings and we've got people coming from Victoria, Townsville, Western Queensland.
"Once we started having this event here, you saw how excited people were about it."
Dreamworld on the Gold Coast now has Winterfest and Toowoomba has its Winter Wonderland.
"All the magic of winter is catching on in every other town," Mrs Henderson said.
"We told Toowoomba a few years ago that they should not break the Ten Commandments and steal from thy neighbours."
With the whole Granite Belt struggling, Mr Gosney said the tourism and economic jab would be huge.
"Stanthorpe is full and I think Warwick and Tenterfield are booked up.
"Some businesses say they don't get any benefits, but the money going back into the community - it'll benefit them sooner or later."
Despite calls for a festival again next year, Mrs Henderson said people would have to wait until 2021.