News

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




DEX Sports quotes of the week

Australia's Zoe Buckman competes in the Women's 1500m heats, at Hampden Park during the XX Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

"WHEN I first saw her I said this girl going to the Olympics"

From accounting to empowering people with the new age

Katie Gasson at the Psychic Channeling and Healing Festival at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club.

Katie Gasson talks about how she found the new age.

Latest deals and offers

WATCH: News reader tries her hand at hardcore shooter, Doom

Veteran journo and noob gamer takes a shot at Doom

What's on the small screen this week

MasterChef Australia's final four contestants, from left, Harry Foster, Elena Duggan, Elise Franciskovic and Matt Sinclair.

MASTERCHEF makes way for The Bachelor on Ten's reality TV slate.

Guy Sebastian a hit at Splendour in the Grass

Guy Sebastian performs at Splendour in the Grass with Paces.

REALITY TV judge a hit with festival crowd.

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started