Jacaranda Festival No.71 put to bed

By JULIA ILES

julia.iles@dailyexaminer.com.au

AND it's a wrap.

The Jacaranda Festival for 2005 is over, which means no more excuses for partying in the streets.

Life for the newly crowned Jacaranda Queen Katie Hirst may even go back to normal after attending around 80 functions.

But Katie said she had revelled in the excitement of the Festival.

"It was excellent and a great experience, I felt very honoured to be queen, I've met so many new people and discovered places in Grafton I didn't know existed," Katie said.

"Going to pre-schools was amazing as the kids thought that we were actual royalty."

She encouraged other young women to participate and said 'it takes a lot of time and dedication, but is worth it'.

Despite its official closure, the Festival never really ends for festival manager Anne de Graaf.

"It's a year-round thing planning it," she said. "This year there were so many people who came back from last year and a great many (bus) coaches arrived, the response was great."



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