COUNTDOWN: The Jacaranda candidates have fun in the jacarandas at Market Square before the serious business of the crowning rehearsal. Matron Of Honour Jen Townsend (left), with Amy Freeman, Cerene Lowe, Chloe Hackett and Christie Paterson. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
COUNTDOWN: The Jacaranda candidates have fun in the jacarandas at Market Square before the serious business of the crowning rehearsal. Matron Of Honour Jen Townsend (left), with Amy Freeman, Cerene Lowe, Chloe Hackett and Christie Paterson. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

New queen to soon be named

IF YOU'RE reading this on Saturday, a new Jacaranda Queen will be just hours away.

And whether it is Chloe Hackett, Cerene Lowe, Amy Freeman or Christie Paterson who wins the Jacaranda Queen crown, for Jen Townsend the journey of getting to know the candidates is not one she will forget.

Mrs Townsend is this year's Jacaranda Matron of Honour and described her role as minding the Queen and the candidates.

"You've just got to be there and help them out. I mainly escort them," Mrs Townsend said.

"I just love the way the competition boosts the self-esteem of the young ladies and I love watching them grow more confident."

And after 30 years in the Grafton area and donating the eggs for the Jacaranda breakfast over many of those, Mrs Townsend has seen her fair share of crowning ceremonies.

"I feel very privileged but there is a bit of responsibility," she said.

One of these responsibilities included attending the crowning rehearsal last night.

But Mrs Townsend said the winner of the crown was not given away at the rehearsal.

Instead the Jacaranda Queen candidates have to prepare an acceptance speech for every prize given out on the night.

The crowning ceremony will start at 6pm at Market Square.



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