Sara Filewood is crowned Grafton's 2012 Jacaranda Queen
SURROUNDED by purple blooms and tinted with the orange glow of a splendid Valley sunset, the people of Grafton welcomed in the reign of the region's new Jacaranda queens and princesses.
Mayor Richie Williamson was master of ceremonies and aptly noted "the trees look spectacular this year".
This year's Jacaranda Queen Sara Filewood was ecstatic to hear she had taken out the crown, how- ever it was "not the first one" she had been given since entering the prestigious contest.
"I'd like to thank my kindergarten class for putting a thousand smiles on my face and for making so many crowns for me," said Ms Filewood, who is employed as a teacher at the Clarence Valley Anglican School.
Ms Filewood said she would do her best to fill the large shoes left by previous winners.
"I will do my best to uphold the Jacaranda traditions and share our city's wonderful history with the younger generation," Ms Filewood said.
She told The Daily Examiner at the start of her candidacy she would be teaching her kindergarten class about the Festival over the coming term.
"Grafton is a beautiful place to live and the Jacaranda Festival is a time when the whole community joins together," said Ms Filewood earlier in the year.
"People catch up with friends and everyone knows everyone else when they walk down the street."