Junior Jacaranda Queen Maeve Dougherty and Junior Jacaranda Princess Kate Smith at the Venetian Carnival
Junior Jacaranda Queen Maeve Dougherty and Junior Jacaranda Princess Kate Smith at the Venetian Carnival Caitlan Charles

Junior Jacaranda royals enjoy a night of entertainment

JACARANDA lovers had the chance to watch the sun go down over the Clarence River while experiencing some of the best entertainment the Clarence Valley has to offer.

In amongst the crowd, Junior Jacaranda Queen Maeve Dougherty and Junior Jacaranda Princess Kate Smith were enjoying the music, dancing and wonderful atmosphere.

Queen Maeve had nothing but kind words for all the performers on stage, even getting to join them at once point.

"The talent here tonight is so good, everyone is just amazing," she said.

"I got the chance to dance as well, so that was pretty cool."

This has been Maeve's first time on the Venetian Carnival stage.

"It was my first time so it was very exciting," she said.

Maeve added that hopefully she gets to perform at many more carnivals in the future.

Princess Kate said she really enjoyed the performance by the Big River Rockers.

"I've loved all the performances, especially the rock and roll dancers," she said.

"Me and my friends were rocking out in our chairs, it's just been fabulous."

Kate is a seasoned Venetian Carnival visitor, having come for as many years as she can remember.

"It's getting better every year, it's just mind blowing," she said.

While both Maeve and Kate loved the Venetian Carnival, they had a few favourite moments that have topped the Jacaranda Festival so far.

"Crowning (was my favourite), because that was pretty cool, I especially liked all the Junior fundraisers we did this year because it was super fun with all the girls," she said.

"The fashion parade was one of my highlights, which was very cool."

But Kate was leaning towards a night of dancing and beautiful dresses as her favourite.

"The ball was my favourite, all dancing with the girls in our big dresses, and we all had a fabulous night and it's an unforgettable day," she said. 

 

BEFORE: THE Telstra Venetian Carnival kicked off on the banks of the Clarence River on Friday afternoon with hundreds of people turning up to see the amazing talent Grafton has to offer.

With talent from Loving Life FM, local primary schools, dance studios and much, much more, the community settled in for a night of good food, good music and a beautiful display of fireworks.



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