By Emma Cornford
Kelly Bowling made her mum cry the other day.
Not because she had done anything wrong, but because she decided to enter this year's Jacaranda Queen competition.
"Mum always wanted a girl who would do ballet and that kind of thing, but I was never into it, so when I said I was entering, she was pretty happy," the 19-year-old said.
Ms Bowling decided this was the year to enter Jacaranda because she was not committed to full-time work.
"I work part-time at Grafton Physiotherapy and as a Nutrimetics consultant, so I thought this year was the one to really do something for the community," she said.
She has already planned numerous fundraising events including a dinner dance at Tucabia on May 28, a mystery bus tour and a Jacaranda bush fair.