Plenty to see at picnic in the park
MARKET Square will come alive on Saturday evening for the Jacaranda Picnic in the Park.
Event director Wendy Taylor encouraged people to pack their picnic rugs and join in the fun after the float procession.
"We're encouraging people to come down... bring a blanket or a chair and sit down and be entertained," Mrs Taylor said.
"There'll be food vendors in Market Square, so people can have dinner there too."
The Jacaranda float procession winner will be announced, and a major raffle will be drawn.
The stage will be brought to life with performances from countless local talents, as well as the feature act from the Indian-inspired Bollywood Sisters from Byron Bay.
There will be performances from Aboriginal dancers Us Mob, a pipe band, the Clarence Valley Conservatorium string ensemble, and belly dancers from around the Valley will show off their skills.
There'll also be entertainment from Grafton High School band Foreign Affair, and drummers from Tucabia, Wooli and Ulmarra Public Schools will put on a show.
"We're trying to promote the young ones and get them on stage," Mrs Taylor said.
"But we also have The Live Wires, who are an older group and will be doing songs from the 50's and 60's."
"We have quite a few acts and quite a good variety; its entertainment for everybody," she said.
Mrs Taylor said the event would have to be cancelled in the event of stormy weather, but said the picnic would still go ahead if there were light showers.
"Bring a brolly just in case of showers," she said.
"I know we need the rain, but we're hoping it will just hold out for the weekend."
The picnic starts at 6pm after the Jacaranda float procession, and is sponsored by Telstra.