Mighty Maroons to march through Proserpine
ALL EYES across the state will be on Proserpine when the Queensland team arrives on Tuesday morning. Thousands of people will descend on Proserpine, with young and old alike hoping to have a chat with their football heroes during the team's annual fan day.
Proserpine Whitsunday Junior Rugby League president Kevin Young is hoping the town's Main St will be awash in a sea of maroon for the once-in-a-lifetime event and is urging businesses to get into the spirit of the day.
Local businesses with shopfronts dressed in the mighty colour will go in the running to win a day pass on Southern Cross Sailing Adventures for two adults and two children, valued at $489.
Proserpine Chamber of Commerce and delegates from senior and junior Proserpine rugby league clubs will judge the best-decorated shopfront.
Whitsunday Bakery's Sheena Hinschen said it was good to deck the town in maroon as a show of support for the team. "I think it should be quite a busy day," she said.
"We're hoping they come in here and we get to meet a couple (of players).
"It's also really good for the town's kids."
Flying into Whitsunday Airport, the team will march through town to the Proserpine Entertainment Centre from 10.45-11.45am, mingling and chatting with locals.
The players will have lunch at the entertainment centre from noon until 2pm, before moving to Les Stagg Oval to host a free skills and drills session for local children until 2.45pm.
Development officers from around the state will also be on deck to assist.
Another signing session will be held in the Brahmans Room after the skills session.