Thousands of fans turned out at Seafront Oval to meet their Maroon footy heroes at the Fraser Coast Fan Day.
Billy Slater will captain the Maroons in his 31st and final Origin on Wednesday.
Now, local rugby league leaders must work out how to capitalise on two more upcoming opportunities to put their sport in the spotlight.
When Roy Grover arrived at the Seafront Oval at 6.30am ready to meet the State of Origin stars, there wasn't another person in sight
Recalled Queensland halfback Daly Cherry-Evans will not take his time in the Queensland squad for granted this time.
He may be just nine-years-old, but Rhys Shepherd has dreams of becoming a State of Origin legend