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2013 Official Jacaranda Festival Program download here.


Saturday 18th October to Sunday 2nd November


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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, Matron of Honours and Guest of Honours

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!



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.


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.


Jacaranda Festival Committee General Meeting

Tuesday 25th February 2014 at 5.30pm.

Upstairs at Grafton District Services Club.



Here are the results for the 2013 Festive Shop Competition: download.


Check out the 2013 Float Procession results here: download.



Sherryn Thompson 16 Kiah Place Grafton


Jamieson Family 31 Westmore Close Grafton


Charlotte and Daisy Ada 161 Fry Street Grafton


Chard Family 26 Grevillia Drive Waterview Heights

Joyce Betts 1 Queen Street Grafton

Irene Head 15 Locksley Close Dingley VIC


See the 2013 Race Results:

2km Male

2km Female

5km Male

5km Female

10km Male

10km Female


Grafton is blessed with plenty of photogenic babies if the 2013 Jacaranda Beautiful Babies competition is any guide.
Yesterday 107 infants aged from 0-36 months cooed and smiled for the judges in Market Square. Competition organiser Debbie Cox said this year's grand champion baby, Chantell Clayden was a star. Read more here.

2013 Jacaranda Baby Competition Results: here


Want to be part of the Jacaranda Festival? Download the entry forms and become part of this fantastic festival:

Jacaranda Float Procession Entry

Jacaranda Festive Shop Displays

Jacaranda Talent Quest (Jacaranda's Got Talent)

Jacaranda Afternoon Tea

“Horbury Hunt Hall”, Christ Church Cathedral,
Duke Street, Grafton. 1.30 pm for 2.00 pm start.

Come along for a relaxed afternoon tea and a chat. Meet the 2013 Jacaranda Queens Party. Lucky door and Tombola prizes. Tickets $10 to be purchased before Thursday 24 October. No door sales.

Jacaranda Ball Tickets Available

Tickets: $45 adult / $25 child

Tickets available at venue, South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club in Wharf Street, until October 14th.

Jacaranda Guest of Honour announced

The Grafton Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc. wish to advise that the 2013 Guest of Honour is Dr Allan Tyson. Read more here.


Check out the FUNDRAISING EVENTS that our Senior and Junior Jacaranda Queen Candidates are holding throughout the year here.

A Sweet Treat for our Senior Queen Candidates

Sweet Treats And Gifts have very kindly agreed to gift a ‘Welcome’ box of chocolates to the 2013 Jacaranda Queen Candidates! Lucky Girls!! Visit their page or pop in to the store in Prince Street to check out this great local Grafton shop!

School Officially on for Jacaranda Thursday

The NSW Department of Education has ruled out closing Grafton schools to enable children to take part in Jacaranda Thursday celebrations.

The decision follows Clarence Valley Council axing the day as a gazetted half-day public holiday, and re-classifying it an ‘event day’. In the past, schools have closed to allow children to take part in the long-running traditional celebration.

Read more here.


JACARANDA Thursday will be as big as ever, festival organisers say.

Despite initial concerns over the day being changed from a half-day public holiday to an "event day", Mayor Richie Williamson visited the committee to reassure members it would make little difference.

Read more here.


On behalf of the Jacaranda Festival Committee I would like to advise the Community that the Committee held their Annual General Meeting, Tuesday 26th February 2013, at the Grafton District Services Club.

Read more here.


The Jacaranda Festival Committee is purple with rage at the decision to scrap the half-day holiday on Jacaranda Thursday.

At the committee meeting on Tuesday night members decided to galvanise and launch a campaign to save one of the Jacaranda City's biggest days of the year.

Read the article here.


2012 Junior Jacaranda Queen Candidates at the Crowning Ceremony

Photo: Frank Rasborsek















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