LUCRATIVE prizes worth about $15,000 will be at stake at the Sonaisali Island Resort Sunny West Bowling Carnival which begins at the Nadi Sports Club this Saturday.
The tournament, which started several years ago, has attracted about 30 overseas players.
The fours discipline will be played for the first three days before the pairs event starts next Tuesday.
Former Queensland rep Graeme Kath will be one of the star attractions during the six-day tournament.
Kath has been participating in the local tournaments for about two decades.
Sunny West Bowling Carnival media liaison officer Rick Eyre said the national squad members would spice up the event.
Eyre said for the first time they were offering prizes worth about $15,000.
"All the groundwork has been done and we have a good field of bowlers," he said.
"There are more than 30 players coming from overseas. The interest from the local bowlers is high.
"We are fortunate to be backed by very good sponsors this year. Sonaisali Resort is the major sponsor with Smugglers Cove and Shop N Save backing up.
"This is all part of our aim to make it a tourism-driven event. We want to increase the number of overseas bowlers in the years to come."
Former world number three Ratish Lal will not feature in the tournament.
Lal is in Canada on holiday.
"We will have Graeme who has been coming to Fiji to play in tournaments for more than two decades," Eyre said.
"He always brings with him some good bowlers. There will be great rivalry with the Fiji squad members competing and we expect stiff competition.
The carnival will start at 9am on Saturday.