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Jacaranda Festival wraps up

Capture The Jacaranda Festival has come to a close for another year. From many who attended this year’s event, it appeared to be one of the biggest events for some time. The record number of guests, who attended this year’s Jacaranda Ball, made it clear that this year’s event was going to be hugely successful. Jacaranda Thursday’s damp conditions didn’t deter the hungry crowd who turned up for the 2GF free breakfast in Market Square – which this year saw the crew from the Clarence Valley Independent serving the community face to face, with not only breakfast but with a paper as well. Around 3000 sausages, over 1000 eggs and 150 loaves of bread were served up along with fruit platters and washed down with over 2000 bottles of flavoured milk. Meat was provided by Holiday Coast Meats, the eggs by Mid Coast Eggs, Norco provided milk, Woolworths provided the bread and Farmer Lou’s provided the delicious fruit platters. An estimated number of around 3000 people enjoyed the free breakfast. Rain held off for the formalities on stage in Market Square on Thursday, before the heavens opened. Friday night’s Venetian Carnival also saw huge crowds attending to take in the evenings events which concluded with a massive fireworks display, sponsored by Blanchards. Saturday afternoon’s Jacaranda float parade down Prince Street, was also attended by a massive crowd which filed into Market Square for the evenings Jacaranda ‘Picnic in the Park’. Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc president Trevor Green was happy with this year’s event saying that all in all everything went well with everyone working in well with each other. “It was a good result and drew a good crowd,” said Mr Green. “I’d like to thank Festival Manager, Donna Hunt, for all the hard work she did. “It would be great to see more people involved next year to bring along some new ideas to help continue the festivals success.”