Oct 31st - Nov 7th


Best Dressed Window Display


Section 1 – Hospitality (Mayors Trophy)

1st Place - Plantation Organic Bakery


Section 2 – Retail (Grafton Shoppingworld Trophy)

1st Place - Vinnies Centre

2nd Place – Grafton Handicraft Minimart

3rd Place – Go Girlz

Highly Commended – Beaches Grafton Shoppingworld


Section 3 – Offices (Daily Examiner Trophy)

1st Place – Summerland Credit Union


Section 4 – Community & Care (Scott Allen Trophy)

1st Place – St. Francis Aged Care


Overall Best Dressed Window Display (Jacaranda Festival Trophy)

Vinnie’s Centre ($1,000 Daily Examiner Advertising Package)


Gold Cup

Best Staff Performance & Participation in Market Square

1st Place – Crowe Horwath ($1,000 Daily Examiner Advertising Package)


Rose Bowl

Best Dressed Staff in Store

1st Place – Clarence Valley Council ($1,000 Daily Examiner Advertising Package)

2nd Place – The Coffee Club


Silver Cup

Best Staff Participation for 10 or less employees

1st Place – The Coffee Club ($1,000 Daily Examiner Advertising Package)

Equal 2nd Place – Grafton Shoppingworld Centre Management

                              – Telstra Business Centre


Silver Bowl

Nursing Home Display

1st Place – St. Francis Aged Care

Jacaranda's Got Talent - Quest winners:


1st Place: Down to Earth

2nd Place: Madeleine Vidler

3rd Place: Tie for 3rd place Torin Leek & Tilly Mash.

Float winners:

Overall winner – Ashley Albert Performing Arts

Cat A: Decorates Floral Float – Us Mob

Cat B: Most comical or novel float – Bunnings Warehouse

Cat C: Float by charitable organisation – First 24 Army Cadets &  

           Camp Quality

Cat D: Float by Sporting Body – South Ex-Services Motorcycle


Cat E: Commercial Entry – Ashley Albert Performing Arts

Cat F: Preschool, Kindergarten, Childcare centres etc – St

           Joseph’s & Blinky’s Children’s Centre.

Cat G: Decorated bicycle – Clarence Valley BMX Club

Cat H: Best Presented Band – GDSC Pipe Band

Cat I: Special section for vintage, veteran, & classic motor

          vehicles – Squatters Rest


Major raffle winners:

$3000 Flight Centre voucher – John Dal Ben

$1000 Harvey Jewellers Voucher – Mitch Reynolds

$300 Grafton Shopping World Voucher – Jenny Maxwell

Jacaranda Pod Pendant - more wearable art at the Art Box Thursday 30th October from 9am-12 noon. Free Workshop for 7-18 year olds, brought to you by Clarence Valley Council.

Jacaranda's Got Talent

Are you under 18 and have talent? Then Jacaranda’s Got Talent wants you! We’re seeking talented performers and entertainers - Burlesque! Belly-Dancing! Stand-Up! Magic!, or Rock 'n' Roll!; show us what you’ve got!

With a total prize pool of $500, the Jacaranda Talent Quest could mean the start of something BIG! The quest will take place on the stage at Market Square on Jacaranda Thursday from 11am. Entries into the competition are available by emailing the festival office at jacarandafest@bigpond.com or by dropping into the office at Level 2, Dougherty House, 48 Prince Street, Grafton on Mondays or Fridays. All entries must be returned by COB Wednesday 29th October.

Lighting up the valley
Sydney' Livid Festival provided some of the inspiration for a public art project that will literally light up parts of the Clarence Valley later this month.

The Grafton Regional Gallery will present a series of light projections in various locations in and around Grafton as a part of this year’s Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award.

The images will be projected onto walls at the gallery, at Market Square, in Skinner Street South Grafton, and onto a heritage shed at Tucabia.

Clarence Valley Mayor, Richie Williamson, said the veritable feast of cultural light would highlight the JADA and help celebrate the Jacaranda Festival.   

“The gallery is working with local performance event group Banksea’a to present these captivating light shows,” he said.

“The three film makers of Banksea’a, Sammy Lovejoy, Danny Loyden and Maddison Whitford will be on hand at the Light Ups.”

The first Light Up at the gallery is part of the gala opening of the 2014 JADA on Friday, October 17, from 6pm. Tickets are on sale for the event, where the winners of the $40,000 art prize will be announced.

People are invited to bring a picnic blanket and some nibbles the following night or simply stop by on their way to dinner and enjoy this unusual sensory experience at Market Square, Grafton. Light Up will be accompanied by music by Grafton TAFE College music students.


All events are free and will be held between 7-9pm.

•    October 17-19, Grafton Regional Gallery
•    October 17 and 18, Pelican Playhouse Theatre, South Grafton
•    October 18, Market Square
•    October 18-19, Naked and Famous, South Grafton
•    October 24, Tucabia shed, Tucabia

Jacaranda your perspective

To celebrate the 80th Jacaranda Festival Grafton Library is hosting a series of discussions. The lunchtime talks will be led by special guest speakers so come along and listen as they recollect their memories of Jacaranda activities. Light refreshments provided but feel free to bring your lunch.

Town Criers  - 10th October 12pm - 1.30pm

Children's participation - 17th October 12pm - 1.30pm

Jaca Thursday celebrations - 22nd October 12pm  1.30pm

 The Jacaranda Festival Committee is sorry to announce that the McDonalds Jacaranda Fun Run has been cancelled as a suitable organiser has not been found. We apologise for the inconvenience.

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

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

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 celebrations are going out now!

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!