The Grafton Jacaranda Festival is run by a group of dedicated members who work 12 months a year to put together this world renowned festival. The running of a nine day festival is no small task, planning is undertaken by the committee, management committee and event sub-committees to continue Australia's longest running floral festival.
Festival President: Jeff Smith
Senior Vice President: Nicholas Buckler
Vice President: Wendy Gibbs
Treasurer: Peg James
Secretary: Leanne Williams
Executive Member: Leanne Smith
Executive Member: Kyle Summers
Executive Member: Jaz Grady
Festival Manager: Mark Blackadder
Here is a festival, which celebrates something which is quite magical … It is a combination of the simple natural elements of the blossoming of trees every year and the imagination of a town, to form something romantic and deeply felt, and which has also shaped the community’s identity for the past seven decades. Tradition and ceremony are central to the ‘good old-fashioned values’ of the festival, in a contemporary world of uncertain futures.
- Lawrence Johnston, Director, Once A Queen