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2021 Jacaranda Queen Hanna Craig and 2021 Jacaranda Princess Breeanna “Breeze” Paine share a laugh with a friend as they pass under the limbo stick. Image: Emma Pritchard

Rocking good time at Retrofest

Emma Pritchard

The persistent rain failed to dampen spirits at BCU Retrofest on December 5 as 1950’s inspired fashion and flair brightened up Grafton’s Market Square.

A fun-filled and vibrant celebration of all things vintage, the event was one of the most colourful attractions on the 2021 Jacaranda Festival program.

As Vanessa Lea and the Retro Train entertained several rock and roll enthusiasts on the dance floor while performing popular songs from Grease and catchy tunes from a bygone era, other members of the crowd admired the line up of vintage vehicles on display, browsed nearby market stalls and enjoyed a social drink or two at the Coopers bar.

Marley Browning proudly holds up her gift voucher from the Saraton Theatre which was presented to her after she won the limbo contest. Image: Emma Pritchardr

There was also plenty of laughter in the air as exuberant participants joined in the fun of the dagwood dog eating competition and the limbo contest while a handful of gentlemen proudly displayed their facial hair in the best beard and best moustache contests.

Children aged 14 and under enjoyed themselves immensely during the fairy floss eating competition, with many boys and girls excited to have the opportunity to indulge in a special sugary treat.

The most highly anticipated contest of the day was the pin-up competition.

Dressed in their dazzling best, more than 20 women and young girls proudly stepped forward and showed off their individual styles and characteristics in beautifully tailored to fit outfits with bright patterns and colours, matching accessories and gorgeous stockings and heels.

Guest judges Mark Winmill and Kerrie DiMattia awarded sashes for the most stylish and eye-catching attire while young Grafton resident Maile Gilbert won the coveted title of Miss Retrofest for 2021 after impressing the judges with her edgy style and outfit, complete with roller skates.

After congratulating the winners, Jacaranda Festival Manager Mark Blackadder graciously thanked the crowd for their attendance and acknowledged the many sponsors involved with the event, including the major sponsor BCU.

Mr Blackadder also thanked the community for supporting BCU Retrofest and said the “little event which has turned into a big event,” would return in 2022

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