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Ten contestants will be vying for the Miss Clarendon Festival Queen title on Sunday, May 7.
The coronation show is to be held at the Hotel Versalles in May Pen at 8:00 p.m. under the theme: ‘Beauty without Boundaries’, and is being co-ordinated by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
Chairman of the parish’s Festival Queen Committee, Sadie Comrie, told JIS News that the competitors have been in training since February, adding that they include teachers, administrative assistants and students from Northern Caribbean University.
“From what we’re seeing the ladies are excited about the competition, they are very bright, and they’re not afraid to express themselves and to speak on their future. We’re looking forward to a fun-filled afternoon with brilliance and beauty,” she said.
The competition is intended to highlight the ideals of Jamaican womanhood, to further enhance respect for the Jamaican woman and to develop a greater appreciation for her role in society.
Sashing of the contestants took place on April 1 at the Hotel Versalles. They also took part in a Church Service at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church on April 9, paid courtesy calls on the Custos of Clarendon, R. James deRoux and the Mayor of May Pen, Councillor Milton Brown on April 10, toured the Jamalco Halse Hall alumina refinery on April 13, and picnicked at Serenity Park on April 23.
They will attend a Regional Festival Queen workshop in Mandeville on April 29, and prejudging of the competition is to take place on May 3.
Guest Artiste for the show will be Noddy Virtue, ‘Rising Star’ second place contestant for 2005.
Local sponsors for the competition include BEFJ Enterprises Ltd, Cari-Pro Construction Company, Cousins Construction Company, Flour Company, Keir CCC, Maxie Department Store, May Pen Ice, Milk River Spa and Hotel, Power Services Company Ltd., and Street Link Janitorial Services.
The winner is expected to receive $20,000 among other prizes, and will go on to compete at the national level on Saturday, July 22 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston, while the second and third place winners will receive $15,000 and $10,000, respectively.