2018 Junior Queen Candidates

Nominating to become a Junior Queen Candidate provides a platform for the candidate to grow as a person, to develop a rapport with the local community and to also learn valuable new skills, essential in today’s competitive business environment. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, filled with wonderful memories and a journey they’ll never forget.

Drawing from the support of sponsors, festival committee and the community, candidates learn how to plan and manage events and undertake promotional activity. They are mentored in public speaking, negotiating sponsorships and fundraising.

We are taking Expressions of Interest for the 2019 Junior Jacaranda Queen quest! If you would like to find out further information, please download the form HERE

Meet this year’s Junior contestants:

Mikayla Chaffar

I am 14  years old and attend Grafton High School. I am nominated by BF Industries

Mikayla enjoys wakeboarding with her family on the weekends on the beautiful Clarence River, Creative Arts is also one of Mikayla’s favourite subjects at school. The Jacaranda Festival Ball and Queen Crowning Ceremony are listed as some of Mikayla’s highlights she is looking forward to the most.

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Mia McGrath

I am 14 years old and attend McAuley Catholic College and am nominated by Headspace Grafton

Mia enjoys playing netball in the local Grafton Competition and Dancing for Studio One. Mia is excited about the Riverlight Festival and will enjoy taking the opportunity during her Jacaranda journey to partake in her hobby of photography.

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Emily Paterson

I am 14 years old and attend McAuley Catholic College. My nominated business is Driven To Espresso

Emily dances with Studio One and is practicing her barista skills at the family business, Driven to Espresso. Emily started her Jacaranda journey back in 2005 when she was named the Jacaranda Festival Beautiful Baby for 2005. Emily is looking forward to the Queen Crowning Ceremony

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Saskia McGrath

I am 13 years old and attend McAuley Catholic College. I have been nominated  by Hanks Kitchen

Saskia enjoys dancing with the Ashley Albert Dance Studio, surfing and playing Hockey with McAuley Hockey Club. Saskia is looking forward to the colour of Jacaranda Thursday and in particular heading to Hanks Kitchen for some – once a year – purple bread.

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Hope Endean

I am 14 years old and attend Grafton High School. I am nominated by Grafton Air

Hope enjoys playing hockey and recently represented Grafton Hockey Association at the under/15 Girls state titles where she played Goalie. Hope enjoys dancing with the Jenny Willis Dance Studio and lists participating in the Jacaranda float processions as a much-anticipated highlight.

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Whitney Moon

I am 14years old and attend Grafton High  School. I am nominated by All Care Grafton

AllCare Grafton Jacaranda Festival

To say that Whitney enjoys Tennis is an understatement, Whitney trains several hours a week and frequently represents Grafton at Tennis Tournaments. Whitney also enjoys Drama and Swimming. Whitney is looking forward to this year’s float procession and Feast, in particular the purple fairy bread and the Churro’s with Nutella.

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Caitlin Grainger

I am 13 years old and attend Clarence Valley Anglican School. I am nominated by Nick Buckler LJ Hooker Grafton

Caitlin lists her interests in Drama and is studying at the Grafton Conservatorium, Caitlin also enjoys singing and is the Conservatorium Choir, Caitlin also plays the flute.   Caitlin was the first baby born in the Jacaranda Festival in 2004 and is of course looking forward to celebrating her birthday during this year’s Festival, in particular the float procession which just happens to be her birthday

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Grafton District Services Club Jacaranda Festival

Grafton District Services Club

The Grafton District Services Club was established in 1918 and continues its excellence by providing members and guests with outstanding facilities, great entertainment and a range of dining options.The GDSC Coffee Corner serves barista coffee from Piazza D’Oro Espresso, homemade cakes, slices, light meals and burgers. Restaurant 24sixty boasts a delicious a la carte menu, kids meals, daily blackboard specials and members dining offers.

Judging Criteria

The Jacaranda Queen and Jacaranda Princess are chosen on their suitability as representatives for the Clarence Valley and the City of Grafton.

The Queen and Princess are chosen by a panel of judges, and are awarded points for deportment, etiquette, personality, dress sense, grooming, and general knowledge.

Keep up to date with the Junior Jacaranda Queen Candidates on our Facebook page.