Junior Jacaranda Queen has sights set on senior title
KIRSTEN Knox has worn a Jacaranda crown once before, but for the 22-year-old once is not enough.
So the newest Jacaranda Queen candidate for 2015 is back on the campaign trail - eight years after being crowned Junior Jacaranda Queen in 2007.
Ms Knox said it had always been a dream of hers to be the Jacaranda Queen, having been involved with the festival since she started dancing at crowning ceremonies with Studio 1 since she was four years old.
"It was just a matter of when, so this is the year," she said.
"All of the best memories I have in Grafton are around Jacaranda; all the dancing opportunities I had as well as my Junior Jacaranda title. I really cherish those memories."
Ms Knox, who works at Prouds in Shoppingworld is now in training to become a dance teacher, said she hoped her experience with the junior quest would give her an edge in the public speaking arena.
"(It) helped a lot with my public speaking... so hopefully I'll be a little bit more experienced now with that side of things," she said.
In her spare time, the Grafton girl said she could be found behind the camera taking shots for her own photography business or travelling to support her 18-year-old brother who is heavily involved in speedway.
"I do a lot of work for speedway... and I've done a few pregnancy shoots," she said.
"It's probably my main hobby."
Ms Knox is sponsored by the South Grafton Ex-Services Club and despite having nominated just a few weeks ago she has already started fundraising, and will hold meat tray raffles every Wednesday at the club until the Jacaranda Festival begins.
"I hope to be a good ambassador for Grafton," she said.
"I really enjoy the community involvement. It's the same type of thing with the junior quest but this time I'll be a lot busier. I'm looking forward to it."