Jaca queens psyched up for big day
THE Jacaranda royals are planning to go crazy today, taking on a mechanical cow as part of the Jacaranda Thursday festivities.
Queen Cerene Lowe will have her serenity tested on the back of the Crazy Cow, a mechanical bull that will be operating near the Duke St roundabout in Pound St.
And Junior Jacaranda Queen Claire Smidt-Thompson has said she is up for the challenge.
Claire, 13, a Year 7 student at Grafton High School, said taking on the bull was part of the festivities she was looking forward to after the hard work of fundraising in the lead-up to the festival.
"Now we can let our hair down and enjoy the fun of Jacaranda," she said.
As a student of the Jenny Willis School of Dancing, Claire is hoping it will help her cope with radical movements of the bull.
But the weather has her more worried than tangling with a mad cow.
"I just hope it's not too hot," she said.
Festival manager Kristy Schrader said the Crazy Cow had been feminised to fit in with the Jacaranda theme. "It has big eyelashes and has been made up to look quite fetching," Ms Schrader said.
She said the ride had been sponsored by Crowe Horwarth and had an LED leaderboard to keep spectators and competitors up to date with the riders' scores.
"We're going to have other local celebrities trying their luck on it as well," Ms Schrader said.
"Anyone who wants to ride can nominate. All they have to do is contact the Jacaranda office."
For those who like to ride real animals the girls from Skizza's Hair Design will provide what's probably a Jacaranda Thursday first - camel rides.
Kristy Pennell, from Skizzas, said the idea of camel rides was to provide a touch of "shock and awe" to the celebrations.
"Whenever we say, people stop and say 'did I hear you say camels', I would say 'yes'," Kristy said.
"We're going to spray paint the camels with Skizza's logo and phone number in keeping with Jacaranda Thursday traditions," Kristy said.
She said there would be five camels available to take two people at a time on 10-minute rides around Prince St and the Jacaranda shows.
The camels will leave from the Pound St taxi rank and a basic ride will be $15. Longer, 30-minute rides are available for $35.
Kristy said the camel hire company would supervise the rides, which begin at 10am. The business house competition for the Gold Cup kicks off at 9am.
GOLD CUP SHOW TIMES
Westlawn Escapes to Hawaii
9am, 10am, 11am
Bailey and Gough
9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am
Elders (Prince St)
9.30am. 10.30, 11.30am
Clarence Valley Council What Holiday…?"
9.45am, 10.45am, 11.45am
Crowe Horwarth Queen Street
9.50am and 10.50am then off to market square at noon
Sweet Treats and Gifts (Prince St)
Purple Hairspray for $10 (with free lollipop)