Winter wonderland drawcard
AT LEAST 2000 people joined the throngs at Quart Pot Creek for the launch of the inaugural Snowflakes in Stanthorpe. Shops along the main street brimmed with customers as unprecedented crowds rolled into town.
The event featured snowman-making competitions, snowball throwing and more than 30 market stalls, with local buskers performing.
Organiser Lucille Jensen said only one other event had been known to generate so much hype.
"We've had heaps of people saying it was like a mini Apple and Grape in terms of the number of people in town," she said.
Up the hill at the Visitor Information Centre, staff experienced one of the busiest days in the town's history.
"Our visitor numbers and daily sales broke all records," said VIC supervisor Jane Miller.
"The whole day was amazing."
Event organiser Sarah Reeves said Snowflakes in Stanthorpe was set to be a yearly highlight on the local calendar.
"We plan to make next year bigger and better, with preliminary plans for expanding the area and using an industrial snow maker to create a winter wonderland," she said.
"The popularity of the snow park was not anticipated when the event began planning just six weeks ago, so our man-made snow did not last as long as we would have liked. Based on this, we look forward to a bigger production next year.
"Ultimately it will come down to budget, but considering this year's event was achieved with a $2000 budget and a committee of four volunteers, we are sure the community will again come together to make this event iconic."
Ms Reeves said supportive community members had already started planning to raise funds to purchase the industrial snow machine.
A collaborative effort between Granite Belt Wine & Tourism, Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce and Southern Downs Regional Council, the event helped raise funds for next year's Apple and Grape Harvest Festival.
Visitors give thumbs up to snow show
"Awesome family day out. The snowman building competition was the highlight for my boys."
- Catherine Rowe
"Three hours of fun and families having a fantastic time. Children's laughter is a great tonic."
- Bob Townshend, Town Crier
"I saw lots of kids having fun - I definitely did."
- Alanah Smith
"The best time ever! Couldn't get the kids away."
- Daniela Marchant
"The atmosphere was great... It was a perfect place to spend a cool winter's day catching up with friends."
- Teri Welles
"A great, affordable day for families. So what if the ice melted, the kids loved getting a little wet!"
- Karen Sheahan