OPINION: No need for Jacaranda Festival panic
GRAFTON'S Jacaranda Festival has shaken off plenty of setbacks in its 80 years, so learning some personnel have departed the committee just five months out from the 2015 event is worrying, but not panic-inducing.
In the past couple of decades the festival has outlasted the Purple Haze controversy and the Public Holiday catastrophe.
And for at least the past 20 years there has been a chorus of varying volume calling for the festival to be "brought up to date".
The festival has certainly gone through changes over the years, but they have been so gradual many people hardly realise they have occurred.
It's not surprising to learn the resigning president Phil Johnson had visions for the festival, which weren't shared.
Many people praised the 80th Jacaranda Festival put on last year as one of the best in recent times.
But not all agreed and The Daily Examiner is aware there were some on the committee not happy with the way the 2014 event panned out.
The Jacaranda Festival always renews itself. This time its time frame is just five months, so there's work to be done.