Last minute accommodation in Horsham will be hard to come by at the weekend, as two annual sporting events attract hundreds of visitors to the region.
The Horsham Junior Basketball Classic will be run across Saturday and Sunday, with 82 teams registered to compete in the annual tournament.
Tournament director Amanda Munyard said it was set to be one of the biggest tournaments the Horsham Basketball Association had ever hosted.
"It is really exciting - teams are playing across the region, at the schools and at Dimboola and Murtoa," Munyard said. "There will be lots of supporters and lots of people coming through."
Former tournament director Nicole Lakin said the tournament would bring a significant amount of money to the region.
"Over the two days, for the whole community with accommodation and food, it brings an estimated $250,000 and $280,000," Lakin said.
"It's amazing how much it does do for the town and for the surrounding region."
The Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club is also holding its annual two-day invitational, with 340 competitors expected to take part.
Club head coach Lynette Morrow said it would attract visitors from Victoria and South Australia.
"It's great for the region and great for Natimuk," Morrow said.
"Most will probably stay around Horsham, but I know some clubs are even staying in the Grampians and making it a weekend to celebrate the end of the year. It's one of the final events of the year, so it has that little bit extra."
With 82 teams competing at the Junior Basketball Classic this year, the tournament is at peak capacity.
Nine different associations are competing this year, including Geelong, Mildura and Bendigo.
Horsham basketball's Cassandra Haskett said Horsham's reputation had seen the event continue to grow.
"Bendigo are coming for the first time in quite a few years - I think people have just heard really good things about the tournament," Haskett said.
Haskett said it meant great things for Horsham basketball, and for local business.
"We're running a canteen from the main stadium but not from the other venues," Haskett said. "That gives the chance for a lot of local businesses get a lot of the business."
Fixtures for the junior basketball classic can be found online, on the Horsham Basketball Association website.
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