THE 2012 Jacaranda Queen Quest is now down to a race in five after one contestant pulled out for personal reasons.
Jacaranda Festival manager Janelle Ellem announced Lou Bloomer's reluctant withdrawal.
"The Grafton Jacaranda Festival Committee Inc. have had notice that candidate No.6, Miss Louisa Bloomer, proudly sponsored by Number One Duke Street, has resigned from the quest, for personal reasons," a statement read.
"Louisa has advised in her resignation letter that she is unable to commit enough of her time to the Jacaranda Festival cause."
The five remaining candidates, Sara Filewood, Jenna Atherton, Sharni Rouse, Arcana Beneke and Tara Lavelle-Skinner, will continue with their community events to raise money up to the official opening of the festival at the Jacaranda Ball on October 20.
The festival continues until November 4.