Hot memories of Jacaranda
By LESLEY APPS firstname.lastname@example.org
DO YOU remember performing in the Jacaranda schools' spectacular as a kid?
Sitting out in the hot sun at McKittrick Park for hours, rivers of sweat running down your arms and legs, now stained the same hue as the brightly coloured crepe paper with which your teachers so lovingly adorned you.
Sandra Connelly remembers those hot and balmy Jacaranda Thursdays as a school student in the 1950s. Her small school of Cowper joining forces with other country schools for dance displays at the showground.
"We would spend the morning looking at the shop dress-ups and do some folk dancing in Market Square before going to the showground," she said.
"By time the schools performed it was pretty hot.
"I remember seeing kids getting sick and passing out from the heat."
She also recalls the odd technical hiccup.
"All the songs were pre-taped so sometimes you would be standing there for five minutes or more waiting for the the cassette to start playing the tune."
Minor incidents aside, Sandra, still an avid square dancer today, said these kinds of performances were great for the Jacaranda festival.
"It kept people off the street, entertaining them in the
'I remember seeing kids getting sick and passing out.'
afternoon. These days, once the morning festivities are over, everyone just goes to the pub."
Bring back the schools' spectacular? Maybe a thought for next year's festival ? just leave the crepe paper at home.