Jacaranda candidates connect
THE bonds of new friendships are blooming fast between the 2012 Jacaranda Queen candidates.
The ladies met on August 8 for an official meet-and-greet at the Grafton District Services Club.
Jacaranda Queen crowning director Narelle Rasborsek, responsible for preparing the candidates for their official judging, said the get-together was the first time all six ladies had been introduced to each other.
"The meet-and-greet was a lovely chance for them to get to know each other, mingle with sponsors and meet the locals," Ms Rasborsek said.
"Some of the candidates had not met before and all the ladies were very happy and chatty.
"The ambience of the occasion was lovely and all of them (candidates) get along well together."
Ms Rasborsek said the 2012 Junior Jacaranda candidates also had the chance to meet and buddy up with the ladies on the night.
"It is always lovely to introduce the senior and junior candidates, the young ones learn so much from the older ladies," she said.
Over the next few months, the 2012 Jacaranda Queen candidates will concentrate on their fundraising for the 2013 Jacaranda Festival.
Etiquette, formal public speaking skills and crowning ceremony speech rehearsals begin Monday.
Ms Rasborsek said the candidates will meet every week during the final six weeks in the lead-up to the Jacaranda Queen Crowning Ceremony on October 27.
"They are a good group of hard working girls," she said.