On the 29th October 1935, Grafton's first Jacaranda Festival made its debut before 4000 enthusiastic fans in brightly illuminated Jacaranda Avenue
(in Pound Street).
Children by the hundred danced and presented a floral pageant before
Myrtle Gentle's name was drawn from a golden casket
as first Jacaranda Princess by the Festival King, Jim Orr.
Jacaranda Queen was Mavis Schwinghammer
and they were attended by 20 maids of honour,
11 pages, flower girls, jesters and princesses.
The next night a floral dance, adopted from The Cornish Floral Dance and played in one step time, encouraged adults to dance down Jacaranda Avenue.
Since the first Festival a queen crowning ceremony is held on the last Saturday in October each year, heralding the start of the major festival week. The final weekend features a spectacular street parade.
The festival is now into its 75th year and is still strong in commitment, participation and celebration from the Clarence Valley residents. The Jacaranda Festival attracts many tourists during this late springtime event.
Mr6 found a 'snake' hole,
he is finding lots and lots of 'snake' holes everywhere we go at the moment.