Last day of Sophie's reign
TWELVE months ago almost to the day, the crown Sophie Brindle is holding was placed on her head as she was announced the 2010 Junior Jacaranda Queen.
While she is a little sad to pass over the title tonight, she is excited to see who will take her place in the 2011 party.
"My Jacaranda journey was just so amazing. I really hope whoever is crowned has as much fun and gets as much out of it as I did," Sophie said.
The 15-year-old said she learnt a lot about public speaking and saw her self-confidence grow immensely in the lead-up to the crowning.
The experience also opened her eyes to how much work is actually put into the Jacaranda Festival by committee members.
"I think everyone thinks that Jacaranda just happens and you don't really realise how much work goes into it until you experience what goes on behind the scenes.
"People seem to think that it just happens, but there is an incredible amount of time put into every Jacaranda event."
Having been through it, Sophie fully recommends the experience to any young Grafton woman who wants to experience the festival in a different way and meet a huge range of people.
Nominations will be accepted in the early months of 2012 and an announcement will be made in The Daily Examiner when nominations open.