Jacaranda dreaming

FAIRYTALES came alive at the Jacaranda Children's Party on Saturday as more than 100 costumed children filled the Grafton Public School hall.

"Parents and grandparents put so much effort into making the costumes, it was just fabulous," Jacaranda committee member Karen Crispin said.

"There was a boy dressed as Sponge Bob Square Pants, some Buzz Lightyears and two little girls who were dressed as Jacaranda popper juices."

The event heralded the beginning of the Jacaranda Festival.

A feature of the morning was the judging of the flowergirl and pageboy sections.

The competition was open to children from four to seven years of age, and the judges were Denise Slingsby and Lyn Turton, the matrons of honour from the 2004 and 2005 festivals.

Zara Endean was chosen as flowergirl with Lane Dela Force as pageboy, and both will join the official Jacaranda party.

Party princess, which is open to ages eight to 11, went to Elizabeth Harre, whose name was picked from the gold barrel.

Singing and dancing followed the judging.

"It was a really fun morning and the variety of costumes were amazing," Sarah Templeton, who took her two nieces to the event, said.

"I liked the little boys' costumes best as they were really out of the ordinary."

Usually the children's party is held at Market Square, but due to muddy conditions the location was changed.

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