The Jacaranda Junior Party (from left) Jacob Jones, Brigette Jamieson, Logan Eggleston and Sarah Rigby Pierse sit on stage during official proceedings at the 78th 2012 Jacaranda Festival Queen Crowning at Market Square on Saturday night. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
The Jacaranda Junior Party (from left) Jacob Jones, Brigette Jamieson, Logan Eggleston and Sarah Rigby Pierse sit on stage during official proceedings at the 78th 2012 Jacaranda Festival Queen Crowning at Market Square on Saturday night. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Courtney 'honoured' to be Junior Jacaranda Queen

COURTNEY McKew was announced as the Junior Jacaranda Queen this year, and after swapping her tiara for the coveted purple crown she thanked her sponsors before acknowledging the wonderful work of previous winners.

"To receive this title is a huge honour as past queens have done such a great job of representing Grafton," said Miss McKew.

Emma Essex is the new Junior Jacaranda Princess.

"I am very grateful to have met so many beautiful young ladies over the course of the competition," Ms Essex said.

Just like the queens, the princesses were awarded points on deportment, etiquette, personality, dress sense, grooming, and general knowledge.

The competition aims to find the young Grafton girl the judges feel will be the best possible ambassador for Grafton.

This year the contest had 10 final entrants and the presenter and Mayor Richie Williamson thanked them all individually for their participation.

The other contestants were, Bronte Cameron, Annabel Green, Hannah Munro, Tenille Petrie, Laura McCann, Marie Parker, Katelin Hebbard and Tyarn Clark.

As Grafton Town Crier Trevor Green said, "We will wait until next time the trees announce it is time to choose more Jacaranda queens."



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