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The 2019 Jacaranda Queen crowning ceremony. Image: Renae Barnes.

Nominations open for 2020 Jacaranda Queens and Matron of Honour

Nominations for aspiring Jacaranda Queens and Junior Queens and the Matron of Honour have opened for this year’s Grafton Jacaranda Festival.

On the back of last year’s hugely successful event the festival has put the call out early to ensure aspiring young Clarence Valley women have plenty of time to prepare.

The 2020 festival will run from Friday October 30 to Sunday November 8.

Jacaranda Queens are ambassadors of the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, with candidates learning new leadership and public speaking skills and meeting various Grafton community organisations and businesses, schools, and nursing homes while raising money for a worthwhile cause.

Festival manager Mark Blackadder said an information evening will be held on February 11 at Roches Hotel from 6pm for interested candidates, their families, and potential sponsors with nominations closing on Friday February 28.

“Expression of Interest forms for Queens and Junior Queens and the nomination form for Matron of Honour are available now on our website,” he said.

“However I would encourage anyone interested to attend the information evening to find out more.

“It will give everyone an opportunity to ask questions, or friends or family of any young ladies that they believe would be a suitable Jacaranda Queen candidate to see what’s involved.”

The 2019 festival saw seven Queen and 14 Junior Queen candidates nominate, with Ashton Blackadder awarded Jacaranda Queen, Brigitte Jamieson awarded Junior Jacaranda Queen and Matron of Honour awarded to Suzanne Campbell.
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