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Violet Vibes country kick

GOOD VIBES: Jacaranda Queen candidate Stephanie Elliot refuses to let a thunderstorm dampen her enthusiasm for the Violet Vibes Festival in Grafton on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak
GOOD VIBES: Jacaranda Queen candidate Stephanie Elliot refuses to let a thunderstorm dampen her enthusiasm for the Violet Vibes Festival in Grafton on Saturday. Photo: Debrah Novak

A ROLLING thunderstorm passed over the Clarence Valley on Saturday evening, sending patrons at the Violet Vibes festival in Grafton scurrying for shelter.

Organiser and Jacaranda Queen candidate Stephanie Elliott said the downpour, which lasted about 20 minutes and dropped about 3mm of rain, wasn't an issue but she was disappointed with the number of people who came along to the event.

"I got lots of positive feedback from everyone who came along - they said it was absolutely amazing," Mrs Elliott said.

Held at the Clarence River Jockey Club, Violet Vibes was a fundraiser for the Jacaranda Festival and was headlined by country music award-winner Morgan Evans and former contestants on The Voice, Chris and Kim Sheehy of Maclean, as well as local talents Hekyl and Jive, Benny Francis, Aaron Bolton, Holly Schultz, and Ryan Martin.

"I wanted to do something different; something Grafton hasn't seen before and by having multiple artists it gave people more value for their money."

She said the highlight of the afternoon was seeing Morgan Evans perform.

"He's been number one on the country music charts for the last couple of weeks," she said.

"Everyone loved him."

Mrs Elliott's next fundraising event is planned for August 2 at the Grafton District Services Club where she will host a trivia night in the theme of Purple.

She's also organising a market day for September 14 at the racecourse.

For details see facebook.com/stephjacaqueen14.

Topics:  clarence river jockey club, grafton, thunderstorm



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