STANTHORPE ON SHOW: Between Snowflakes in Stanthorpe and the Vic Jensen Rugby League Carnival, visitors had plenty to see in town last week. Photo Contributed
STANTHORPE ON SHOW: Between Snowflakes in Stanthorpe and the Vic Jensen Rugby League Carnival, visitors had plenty to see in town last week. Photo Contributed Contributed

Stanthorpe a hive of activity over holidays

IT WAS a big week for a small town as visitors poured into Stanthorpe for the Snowflakes event and the Vic Jensen Rugby League Carnival.

The main street was dusted in white for Snowflakes in Stanthorpe, which has been hailed a success by Granite Belt Wine and Tourism marketing manager Sarah Reeves.

"Some main street shop owners have recorded their best single day of sales on record, we know that accommodation was booked out and there was a lot of money raised," she said.

Ms Reeves said if more businesses can help shoulder the cost for future events, the end result will pay dividends.

"If the community wants to see more of this, then business owners will need to support both GBWT and the Chamber of Commerce, because at the moment the costs of these activities are being carried by only some ," she said.

"We ask the community to support those businesses that support their chamber and local tourism organisation - this will ensure we can have more weekends like this and deliver a better experience for our visitors and an even better place to live."

Ms Reeves said generous support was received from Lindsay Brothers, Wilshire and Co and GBWT members.

Up at Sullivan Oval, Stanthorpe Junior Rugby League president Mick Mahoney said organisers had also received positive feedback after their first time holding the under-11 state rugby league carnival.

"Visitors felt the whole town really got behind the carnival," he said.

"They couldn't get over how friendly the people were. Many had never visited but said they would definitely return."

Mr Mahoney thanked Mick Grew for helping bring the carnival to Stanthorpe.

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