THE QUEANBEYAN Gift has been named the Australian Professional Carnival of the Year but organiser Tracey Lamont promises this year's event will be even "bigger and better".
"It's fantastic to have a pat on the back. The Queanbeyan Gift has taken out the NSW Carnival of the Year Award five times but to win a national award is quite huge," she said.
"I'm looking forward to taking that award out again this year. The 2013 Gift is going to be bigger and better. Keep your eyes peeled because everything will be revealed closer to the event."
It's the second time the Queanbeyan Gift has received the national award beating more than 80 other carnivals across Australia including Victoria's Stawell Gift, Adelaide's Bay Sheffield Gift and Tasmania's Burnie Gift.
Ms Lamont said this year's Queanbeyan Gift will be held over the weekend of 23-24 November and there were plenty of activities in the works including the announcement of four ambassadors made up of local athletes and paralympians. There will also be an official launch on November 21.
"There's lots of activities organised, we've got mascot races with all of the major clubs and I've called for the running of the codes - without the bull. I took that from Pamplona with the running of the bulls, that's an invitation we put out to all sporting clubs including all women's sporting clubs," Ms Lamont said.
"We're busy, busy, busy organising the event. We're still open for partners to come along and sponsor or partner with the event. Once again a big thanks to Queanbeyan Leagues Club for coming on board and being our major sponsor for the 2013 Gift."