The smiles may match the brightness of the bloom behind them, but tomorrow night there'll be some nerves for the Jacaranda Party (l-r) Charlotte White, Leah Wallace, Matron of Honour Debbie Bowling, Kirsten Knox and Kahlia Payne as they wait to see who is crowned Queen of the Jacarandas for 2015.Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
The smiles may match the brightness of the bloom behind them, but tomorrow night there'll be some nerves for the Jacaranda Party (l-r) Charlotte White, Leah Wallace, Matron of Honour Debbie Bowling, Kirsten Knox and Kahlia Payne as they wait to see who is crowned Queen of the Jacarandas for 2015.Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Jacaranda Festival farewells Holiday Princess

A SHIFT away from competitive fundraising and the removal of the Holiday Princess will make the 2016 Jacaranda Festival a very different experience for this year's queen candidates.

The newly elected Jacaranda Festival committee has approved an updated program for the Queen Candidates, with committee members directly supervising the candidates.

It is a program which emphasises group fundraising, where candidates will work together to produce larger, more entertaining and successful events as a group rather than smaller events in competition with each other.

And while the title of Holiday Princess will be removed from the festival, an additional prize will still be awarded to the candidate who raises the most money.

Festival coordinator Donna Hunt said the changes were aimed at improving the sense of team among the queen candidates, and to increase the focus on the promoting of the festival.

It would also allow the committee to provide additional support and mentoring during event planning, she said.

Do you support the new Jacaranda Festival committee's changes to the Queens Candidate program?

This poll ended on 30 October 2016.

Current Results

Yes. It's a progressive move that will help ensure the festival's longevity.

82%

No. All these changes are destroying our wonderful tradition.

7%

Not sure. The idea has merit but let's wait and see how it actually pans out.

10%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Nominations are still open for Jacaranda Queen Candidates, with forms available from www.jacarandafestival.org.au.



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