Businesses are set to reap rich rewards when Orange hosts one of the biggest junior sports carnivals the city has seen this weekend.
About 1000 touch footballers and their families are heading to Orange from all over NSW for this weekend's Junior Regional Championships.
Orange City Council is forecasting a $1 million-plus boost to the city's economy.
This event is one of the largest in terms of the number of travelling participants we have had here in Orange.Cr Jason Hamling, Orange City Council
It said accommodation was largely booked out across Orange while restaurants and hotels were expecting heavy bookings from families and teams.
Cr Jason Hamling, the council's Sport and Recreation committee chair, said it was potentially the largest sporting participant event in Orange.
"This event is one of the largest in terms of the number of travelling participants we have had here in Orange," he said.
"It is on par with the Orange Bicycle Network's Newcrest Orange Challenge. But, because the event is for [young people], we expect a much larger group of supporters hitting the city.
"Cafes and restaurants will be full, which is absolutely fantastic. I'm positive the city's retail stores will receive a much needed boost as families wander the CBD in between games.
"Based on industry standard algorithms we're looking at an economy boost of over $1 million just from this event. Accommodation in most places is booked with only a few spots left across the board."
The City of Orange Touch Association will be catering for the event at Waratah Sports Ground which will boost its coffers.
About 19 Orange players will be playing for the Hunter Western Hornets team in the two-day competition.
Orange will host the event again in 2021.
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