BOTH drought and floods haven't stifled the spirits of the people of Dirranbandi.
They intend to celebrate at this year's Mission Australia A-Day Rugby League Knockout on October 13.
Event organiser Tim Knox said it would be a family day out, with face painting, jumping castle, Aboriginal art activities, traditional games, stalls and live entertainment to make it a community celebration.
"This year's family focus will make sure that the day is enjoyed by everyone and that everyone can have a go at sport, art, and get involved," Mr Knox said.
"The Aboriginal community no longer hold significant large cultural ceremonies and sport has become almost a modern day replacement for these gatherings where stories and cultural exchange can still take place.
"Elders and youth can catch up, learn together and build relationships."
For the small town of Dirranbandi, the 1000 people who will attend the event will more than double the population for the weekend.
There will be nine football teams representing from southern Queensland and northern New South Wales including Dirranbandi, Dalby, St George, Brewarrina, Walgett and Mungindi, with the winning team to take home $4000.
A-Day has been held in Dirranbandi for more than 10 years and is the only major cultural and sporting celebration in the region.
This year's event will build on the success of the previous years and include more family activities.
This year's event will be alcohol free. For more information, follow the Facebook page Dirranbandi A-Day 2012.
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