2016 Jacaranda Queen candidates (from left) Shannon Carter, Heidi Madsen and Sharnie Wren are at the annual Jacaranda meet and greet at the GDSC on Sunday,19th June, 2016.
2016 Jacaranda Queen candidates (from left) Shannon Carter, Heidi Madsen and Sharnie Wren are at the annual Jacaranda meet and greet at the GDSC on Sunday,19th June, 2016. Debrah Novak

Quest for Jacaranda crown begins

AMID a parade of beautiful dresses and bright smiles the Jacaranda Queen and the Junior Jacaranda Queen candidates introduced themselves to the community at the Annual Jacaranda Meet and Greet.

Queen candidates Heidi Madsen, Shannon Carter and Sharni Wren addressed the eager crowd, explaining what prompted them to enter the quest and their plans to raise money.

Ms Madsen said introducing herself yesterday was one of the most important parts of the day but she was also excited about meeting the other candidates.

"It's really cute seeing all the Junior Jacaranda Princesses," she said.

Ms Madsen said she was also excited about her fundraising events including a group Krispy Kreme donut drive.

"Because who does not love Krispy Kremes?" she said.

Ms Carter was lucky enough to celebrate her birthday as part of the meet and greet.

"I'm 25 today, which is exciting," she said.

"Who else gets a tiara on their birthday."

2016 Jacaranda Queen candidates (from left) Shannon Carter, Heidi Madsen and Sharnie Wren with Kellie Murphy who was presenting the cadidates with their crowns at the annual Jacaranda meet and greet at the GDSC on Sunday,19th June, 2016.
2016 Jacaranda Queen candidates (from left) Shannon Carter, Heidi Madsen and Sharnie Wren with Kellie Murphy who was presenting the cadidates with their crowns at the annual Jacaranda meet and greet at the GDSC on Sunday,19th June, 2016. Debrah Novak

Ms Carter said she was looking forward to taking part in the events with the other girls.

"I have my first event on the 8th of July which is a trivia and dinner night," she said.

Ms Wren said she had been nervous prior to the ceremony but was now focused on the coming events.

"I'm more relaxed now, now that the speech is done," she said.

"I'm really excited now for it to begin, I've started organising events and everything so it's all coming together now."

"I'm organising a golf day, which will be on the 28th of August."

2016 Jacaranda Queen candidates (from left) Sharnie Wren, Matron of Honour Carol Smith, Heidi Madsen and Shannon Carter (front) who are at the annual Jacaranda meet and greet at the GDSC on Sunday,19th June, 2016.
2016 Jacaranda Queen candidates (from left) Sharnie Wren, Matron of Honour Carol Smith, Heidi Madsen and Shannon Carter (front) who are at the annual Jacaranda meet and greet at the GDSC on Sunday,19th June, 2016. Debrah Novak

Carol Smith from the CWA was named as Matron of Honour for the Jacaranda Festival.

"I thought it was an absolute privilege to be nominated, particularly from the CWA," she said.

Mrs Smith will act as a mother figure to the women and girls vying for the Jacaranda Queen and Junior Jacaranda Queen.

The Junior Jacaranda Queen candidates are Faith Sullivan, Annelise Uren, Lucy Hackett, Maeve Dougherty, Arianna Smajstr, Kate Smith and Chloe Hallam.

2016 Jacaranda Princess candidates (back from left) Lucy Hackett, Kate Smith, Chloe Hallem, Maeve Dougherty, Annelise Uren and Ariana Smajstr (seated) are at the annual Jacaranda meet and greet at the GDSC on Sunday,19th June, 2016.
2016 Jacaranda Princess candidates (back from left) Lucy Hackett, Kate Smith, Chloe Hallem, Maeve Dougherty, Annelise Uren and Ariana Smajstr (seated) are at the annual Jacaranda meet and greet at the GDSC on Sunday,19th June, 2016. Debrah Novak


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