"THESE games belong to you."
That's the word from Naracoorte Lucindale mayor Erika Vickery about the SA Master Games, which kick off in Naracoorte today.
A huge crowd of people have been flooding into town as athletes and spectators for the action packed four-day program.
"These Masters Games are for all of Naracoorte," Mrs Vickery said. "They are for the participants who are directly involved, all of the volunteers and, of course, the spectators and supporters - which is everybody else.
"I really encourage everyone to get behind it and support it. Have a look at what's going on and get involved...let's show our visitors that everyone in the community cares."
About 1000 people have registered as competitors in the 18 sports - which is two short of what was originally planned. Soccer and Motorkhana had to be scratched due to lack of numbers.
A few of the people who nominated for those sports have instead gone on to do other events such as lawns bowls and athletics.
Games coordinator Jan Bittner said everything else - from swimming to tennis - was looking healthy which should result in some great competition.
"We were still getting registrations in at the start of the week," Mrs Bittner said. "Lots were coming in overnight on Sunday."
All competitors will need to check in before their events start at the administration centre.
It will be open from 7am to 9pm today and tomorrow, 7am to 5pm on Saturday, 8am to 5pm on Sunday and 8am to 1pm on Monday, and is located at the Senior Citizens Clubrooms on Sandstone Ave.
ABC radio is doing a special broadcast of the "Morning Show" at the centre from 8.30am to 11am today as guests and locals start to file in.
"Everyone needs to be ticked off before they participate in their events," Mrs Bittner said. "We need to know they are here and then we can ensure they receive their welcome bag which has maps and vouchers, as well as their name lanyard.
"One of the things we insist on is that only registered participants compete in the games due to insurance and security."
The administration centre will be full of information on other opportunities to compete in future Masters Games and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions.
Mrs Bittner said accommodation was "tight" but there were still some vacancies for people wanting to make a last-minute decision to come and check out the games.
"The different accommodation places in town aren't all booked out and we still have home-stay available if we need to use it," she said.
"Over the past week a few people have withdrawn their registrations due to things like injury and their accommodation plans have been quickly snapped up by the next person.
"It is certainly still worth enquiring if you are still wanting to secure somewhere to stay. We can accommodate anyone who wishes to come."
Tonight's opening ceremony will be a spectacle not to be missed.
Athletes will gather from 5.30pm at the P and A Society on Sandstone Ave before marching down Ormerod St to the roundabout and back again.
This will happen just before 6pm and then a short ceremony of formalities will take place in the town squares.
"I hope we get really good support from the local community for it," Mrs Vickery said. "We want our athletes to be well supported."
Past games coordinator Scott Lawrie, who was the main man behind the 2011 SA Masters Games, will be the master of ceremonies and introduce a number of key people to the stage.
Sunday is another big day with a full day of events followed by the closing ceremony which will take place in front of the Naracoorte Football Clubrooms at 4pm.