Charlotte's Jacaranda Queen quest trumps engagement party

QUEEN CANDIDATE: Charlotte White is saving the date of the Jacaranda Queen crowning ceremony.
QUEEN CANDIDATE: Charlotte White is saving the date of the Jacaranda Queen crowning ceremony. Adam Hourigan

GRAFTON woman Charlotte White's fiance is so supportive of her quest to be crowned Jacaranda Queen that he suggested changing the date of their engagement party which had been scheduled for the same day as the crowning ceremony.

"It was such a blokey thing to say," Miss White said.

"He said just change the date of the party.

"I didn't know you could do that."

Miss White has nominated for Jacaranda Queen after her Westpac Bank colleague Stephanie Elliot took part in the quest last year.

Miss White's younger sister Berni also participated last year as a nominee for Junior Queen.

"When my sister and Stephanie went through their Jacaranda experience I learnt how much time and effort volunteers put into the festival," Miss White said.

"The Jacaranda Festival is really important for Grafton."

Miss White's family moved to Grafton from Wollongong in 2001 after a holiday in Queensland.

"We always used to stop off at the McDonalds but we never used to go into Grafton itself," she said.

"Then on this trip we decided to go in and it was Jacaranda Thursday."

Her mother was so taken by the jacaranda trees and festival atmosphere she declared they were moving to Grafton as soon as possible.

"As I was going through high school I used to think I would move back to Sydney," Miss White said.

"I occasionally go there for weekends and I don't think I could ever move from Grafton."

Topics:  grafton jacaranda festival jacaranda queen

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