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2014 Official Jacaranda Festival Program will be available soon.


Saturday 18th October to Sunday 2nd November

Rows of trees in bloom in Turf Street.

Photo: John Warrell

An avenue of Jacarandas in Kent Street.

Photo: Clarence River Tourism

The world-renowned Jacaranda Festival is held yearly in Grafton, Northern Rivers New South Wales, from the second last weekend in October to the first weekend in November.

Inaugurated in 1934, this was the first of Australia's folk festivals and is based upon the magnificent spectacle of the hundreds of lilac-blossomed trees which grow in Grafton's broad tree lined avenues.

It expresses the people's thanksgiving for the generosity with which nature blesses this part of the globe.


Calling all past Jacaranda Royal Party members, Matrons of Honour and Guests of Honour

Have you changed your contact address in recent years? Official invitations for the Grafton Jacaranda Festival 80th Anniversary Celebrations will be mailed soon!

If your details have recently changed, contact Cheryl Barnes by post at 54 Duke St Grafton NSW 2460, or by phone on 0418 234 470 or 0266 421448. Alternatively, please contact Helen Weatherstone by email at molljosax@gmail.com.

We can't wait to see you all!


Jaca Fair Launch Pad

CALLING all musicians, artists, foodies, volunteers, community groups and businesses - whatever you do, the Culture on the Clarence Community Fair wants you.

An inaugural Jacaranda Festival event, the community fair in South Grafton will lead the charge for the festival's 80th year celebrations, aiming to showcase the cultural diversity and wealth of local talent in the region.

Read more here.

Jacaranda Float Procession Entry Forms Now Available

The Jacaranda Festival Committee is happy to advise that entry is now open for participation in the 2014 Jacaranda Float Procession. Entry forms are available from event sponsor Summerland Credit Union in Prince Street, Grafton or by downloading here.

Further enquiries can be made by calling the Festival office Monday and Friday on 6642 3959.


Candidate: Stephanie Elliott

Activity: Clarence River Markets

Date: Sunday 14th September

Venue: Clarence River Jockey Club, Powell Street, Grafton

Read more here.


Candidate: Stephanie Elliott

Activity: Dinner Under The Stars

Date: Saturday 13th September

Venue: Clarence River Jockey Club, Powell Street, Grafton

Read more here.


Candidate: Stephanie Elliott

Activity: Purple Fever Trivia Night

Date: Saturday 2nd August

Venue: The Les Beattie Function Room at the Grafton District Services Club.

Read more here.

Green light for more trees

Grafton's claim to the Jacaranda City throne will further be strengthened after a plan to plant 80 new trees was given the green light.

Director of Open Gardens Wendy Taylor had been in contact with the council since the beginning of the year to make the 80th Jacaranda Festival one to remember.

Read here.


Candidate: Emily Causley

Activity: Mini Olympics

Date: Saturday 2nd August

Venue: Grafton Hotel, Fitzroy Street, Grafton.

Read more here.

Violet Vibes Country Kick

A rolling thunderstorm passed over the Clarence Valley on Saturday evening, sending patrons at the Violet Vibes festival in Grafton scurrying for shelter.

Organiser and Jacaranda Queen candidate Stephanie Elliott said the downpour, which lasted about 20 minutes and dropped about 3mm of rain, wasn't an issue but she was disappointed with the number of people who came along to the event.

Read more here.

Junior Queen Candidate Fundraising

Candidate: Junior Queen Candidates

Activity: Trivia Night

Date: Friday 18th July

Time: 7pm

Venue: Grafton District Services Club, Mary Street, Grafton

Read more here.

Jaca Gets Some Good Vibrations

With a stellar line-up of musicians and entertainment for the kids, it's safe to say the upcoming Violet Vibes festival is one of the more ambitious Jacaranda Festival fundraisers in recent years.

Read more here.

2014 Matron of Honour ANNOUNCED!

The Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc. is pleased to announce that the Jacaranda Festival Matron of Honour for 2014 is Mrs Sue Steele.

Sue was nominated by the Inner Wheel Club of Grafton and was amongst a small number of high caliber nominations.

Sue has given a lifetime of service to the Grafton community and lists amongst her many good deeds, 31 years’ of service to the Grafton City Rural Fire Service, providing support in a host of different capacities and awarded several top accolades. Sue has also given many years of service to the Inner Wheel Club of Grafton and has held positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Sue is no stranger to the Jacaranda Festival, having supported her daughter Belinda through her quest for the Crown in 1990 and we are thrilled to have her participation during this milestone year.

Daily Examiner article: here

Clarence Valley Review article: here

Former Showgirl seeks Jacaranda Crown

Having already achieved one title as Grafton Showgirl in 2011, 24 year old Grafton girl Madeline McDonald has her eyes set on the Jacaranda queen crown.

Born and bred in Grafton, Madeline has had a lifelong affinity with horses. She has been a member of the Grafton Pony Club for 20 years and has competed at local, state and interstate levels.

Read more here.

Green Thumbs Run in the Family

Sitting on the back deck of Annette Baker's home in Junction Hill, you'd never guess that five years ago the only plants on the property were a couple of palm trees.

An expanse of tropical garden -with some plants reaching more than four metres high -- now edges the manicured lawn and Mrs Baker proudly points out some of her more unusual pieces.

Read more here.


Candidate: Stephanie Elliott

Activity: Violet Vibes Festival

Date: Saturday 28th June

Venue: On the Westlawn at the Clarence River Jockey Club

Read more here.

Fourth Jacaranda Queen Candidate Announced!

The Grafton Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc. is thrilled to announce their fourth Queen Candidate nomination for the 80th Annual Jacaranda Festival.

Emily Causley proudly sponsored by Telstra Store Grafton.

Proving that it’s always the busiest people that put their hands up to take on extra responsibilities, Emily is not only an employee at Grafton’s Telstra Store, she also contributes to the successful running of a local plastering business with her partner and is a member of the Barbarians hockey club. She also enjoys socialising and is currently undertaking renovation projects on her new home.

Although a Yamba girl through and through, Emily moved to Grafton two years ago and has since made it her home. With support from her sponsor, Emily hopes to utilize her involvement in this year’s Festival to develop her confidence and meet new people.

Read more here.


Ulmarra Businesses Getting In On The Jacaranda Action

Ulmarra businesses are banding together to provide further entertainment options for visitors to this year’s 80th Jacaranda Festival.

Pam Newman addressed the March General Meeting of the Jacaranda Festival Committee on behalf of Ulmarra Businesses and expressed a desire to host events that will provide further entertainment options and attract visitors to the historic Village.

Festival Secretary, Lainie Edwards, said that visitors to this year’s Jacaranda Festival will be spoilt for choice, which is only fitting considering the significance of the milestone we’re celebrating this year”.

The committee intends to promote the Festival right across the Country and hope to have visitors packing every available hotel, motel and caravan park in the Clarence Valley and encourage local Clubs and organisations to get on board and provide additional events, exhibitions or entertainment, to help make this year’s Festival a massive success and provide a basis for ongoing tourism into the future.

Ms Edwards said that support events add an important additional dimension to the Festival Program and ensures we have plenty on offer to suit all tastes and interests and are able to keep visitors happily entertained every day.

Anyone interested in hosting an event during the 2014, 80th Jacaranda Festival are encouraged to contact the Jacaranda Festival office on 6642 3959 or email jacarandafest@bigpond.com before Wednesday 30th April if they wish to be included in the Official Events Program.

Young blood breathes new life into old festival

A small army of young go-getters are on a mission to bring Australia's longest-running floral festival into the 21st century.

This year's Jacaranda Festival Committee has had a boost in members under the age of 35 and who are putting fresh ideas on the table to improve the iconic Grafton event.

Garrett Salter, 22, is one of the youngest committee members and said he was inspired to join after attending a festival information night last month.

Read more here.

Third Jacaranda Queen Candidate Announced!

The Grafton Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc. is thrilled to announce their third Queen Candidate nomination for the 80th Annual Jacaranda Festival.

Miss Madeline Jane McDonald proudly sponsored by Westlawn Finance.

As a former Grafton Showgirl winner and contender for the Sydney Royal Easter Showgirl title, Madeline, or Maddie as she prefers to be known is no stranger to competition and sees her nomination in the Jacaranda Queen Quest as another opportunity to involve herself in the community she holds dear.

Maddie’s love for community developed from her association with the local Pony Club and today enjoys breeding, training and competing with her performance horses at a local, state and interstate level. All experience that holds her in good stead in her quest for the Jacaranda Queen Crown.

Read more here.

Historic floral festival to go national!

The entire nation will be invited to celebrate the 80th year of Australia’s oldest floral festival in October-November, alongside residents of the Jacaranda City.

The beauty of Grafton’s purple-blossomed trees and the fun of the annual Jacaranda Festival will be promoted nation-wide this year, to mark the significant milestone in the event’s history.

Read more here.

2014 Jacaranda Junior Queen Nominations NOW OPEN!

The Grafton Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc. wish to advise that nominations are now open for Junior Jacaranda Queen candidates (Monday 10th March 2014).

Read more here

Second Jacaranda Queen Candidate Announced!

The Grafton Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc. is thrilled to announce their second Queen Candidate nomination for the 80th Annual Jacaranda Festival.

Miss Rachael Mackenzie proudly sponsored by Kelina Cuts Hair Studio.

Rachael is no stranger to the Jacaranda Quest, having competed in the Junior competition in 2008 but, despite having gone through it all before, is as nervous as she is excited about the journey ahead.

Always one to embrace opportunities and life experiences, Rachael has long anticipated her return as a senior candidate and is looking forward to the challenge.

Reade more here.

Plans are brewing for next Jacaranda Festival

Lainie Edwards' decision to apply for the role of the Jacaranda Festival committee secretary was influenced by the amount of reading time on her hands.

"I'm not one to be able to sit around and even though I love reading, there was just too much of it going on," she laughed. "I was looking for something challenging that would fill that couple of days through the week I wasn't working."

Read more here.

First Jacaranda Queen Candidate Announced!

The Grafton Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc. are very excited to announce their first Queen Candidate nomination for the 80th Annual Jacaranda Festival.

Miss Stephanie Elliott proudly sponsored by RubyConnection.

Read more here.

2014 Jacaranda Queen Candidate Nominations NOW OPEN!

The Grafton Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc. wishes to advise that nominations are now open for the 2014 Jacaranda Queen Candidates and will close at 4pm on 26th May 2014.

Eligible Jacaranda Queen Candidates shall be aged between 18 and 29 years of age at the date of the Queen Crowning ceremony, to be held Saturday 25th October, 2014.

Candidates must have been a resident of the Clarence Valley for a minimum of 12 months prior to the closing date of nominations.

Nomination forms are available by contacting the festival office.

If you have any queries please contact the Festival Office, 6642 3959 or email jacarandafest@bigpond.com.

Jaca Thursday Half-Day is Back!

Jaca Thursday half-day holiday has been reinstated for this year. The Festival Committee thanks all the public for their support on this matter and we look forward to a great 80th Festival.

Daily Examiner article: here.

2012 Junior Jacaranda Queen Candidates at the Crowning Ceremony

Photo: Frank Rasborsek








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