Numbers well in excess of the 6000 expected fans have attended the 2018 Fraser Coast Fan Day at Seafront Oval in Hervey Bay.
Showing just how passionately invested those from the Fraser Coast are towards rugby league, the oval was a sea of maroon as the Origin team bus rounded the corner for its final destination.
New captain Billy Slater received a huge cheer when he emerged from the team bus, with a dense crowd stretching from the road to the event stage, where a formal welcome was given by the Indigenous community and Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour.
High fives were coming in thick and fast to all players as they emerged through the throng.
Dane Gagai was on hand to deliver a special gift in the form of a Maroons Indigenous jersey.
Autograph signings and skills clinics then commenced, with the queue to meet members of the Maroons team stretching far.
After two hours, the Queensland squad then set out to attend a luncheon at the Beach House Hotel to raise funds which will go towards assisting local rugby league in the Fraser Coast area.