Crowds energised by Disney Country
By ADRIAN MILLER
UNDER a blazing sun and in front of a spellbound crowd, Grafton business houses took to the stage to thrill the audience and wow the judges in an effort to win the coveted Jacaranda Gold Cup yesterday.
All performances were well received by the crowd, but the day belonged to Country Energy, which took home the Jacaranda Gold Cup with their 'Disney Country' sketch. Although it didn't feature many Disney characters, almost all other cartoon characters were represented to provide a bit of fun for everyone.
Trimble, Ensbey and Associates took home second prize with its outstanding performance of 'Here's one for the Troops', while Mackellys snared third for the sexy, yet stylish, 'Dukes of the Clarence'.
Friendly Societies Pharmacy kicked off proceedings, although they looked anything but friendly as they sang along to Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' dressed as witches and vampires.
Mighty River Ford's 'Men in Tights' sketch proved a hit with the crowd, although some weren't sure about the 'tight' looking performers.
KISS made an appearance courtesy of the ladies from Nats Hairven, and DIPNR and the Department of Lands brought out the patriotic fervour in the crowd with their versions of 'God Save the Jaca Queen' and 'I love a Clarence Country'.
The Cutting Edge felines prowled around the stage to Tom Jones' 'What's New Pussycat', while The Daily Examiner's Willy Wonka was prised out of his chocolate factory to show the kiddies how he made his delicious sweets. One Xerro showed all and sundry how to 'stick it to the man' in their 'School of Rock' skit, and the Clarence Valley Council protested against the Grafton Bridge decision with Steve 'Can't Stand Still' and Joe 'Tripod' making an appearance.
In the talent quest, Tegan Munro left the judges and crowd amazed to take out the open section.