Jac Fest seeks matron of honour

HAVING been crowned Jacaranda Queen 30 years before becoming Matron of Honour, it is fair to say Janette Blair has seen the Jacaranda Festival from every angle.

Without hesitation, Janette said she had loved her experience over the past year and would 'highly recommend' it to other Clarence Valley women.

“Being matron was a real honour,” she said.

“I worked with lovely young girls who did Grafton very proud.”

In particular, Ms Blair was full of praise for 2008 Jacaranda Queen Verginia Nairn.

“She is one of the best ambassadors for Grafton, she's doing a marvellous job,” she said.

While the Jacaranda Queen may get the most limelight during the annual festival, the Matron of Honour is busy working behind the scenes before, during and after the event.

From meeting the girls on a weekly basis, to helping them on crowning night and attending more than 50 events during Jacaranda Week, Ms Blair admitted it could be a hectic role.

She said her festival highlights included the float parade, visiting special schools with the royal party and, of course, helping calm the girls' nerves on crowning night.

“I really loved crowning night,” she said.

“The girls were just terrific.”

Although she technically won't relinquish her title until crowning night, Ms Blair encouraged Clarence Valley organisations to nominate women for the 'mother hen' role.

Nominated by Demon's Hockey Club last year, Ms Blair said being Matron of Honour was an experience difficult to describe.

“It really was just so enjoyable,” she said.

Clarence Valley clubs, associations and businesses have until 5pm on Thursday to nominate their candidate for Matron of Honour.

  •  Contact festival manager Libby Pigg on 6642 3959 or 0439 466 380 for more information.

'I worked with lovely girls who did Grafton proud.'

Janette Blair, 2008 Matron of Honour

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