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  • JCDC Miss Festival Queen Competition is this year being held under the theme, ‘Jamaican Women…Shaping our Culture and our Nation.’
  • Winners in the 13 parish competitions, who are crowned Parish Queens will compete at the national show scheduled for Saturday, July 19 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Kingston.
  • The first parish competition will be held on Saturday, May 3, at the Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria, St Mary, at 8:00 pm.

Plans are in high gear for the parish coronations of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Miss Festival Queen Competition, which is this year being held under the theme, ‘Jamaican Women…Shaping our Culture and our Nation.’

Winners in the 13 parish competitions, who are crowned Parish Queens will compete at the national show scheduled for Saturday, July 19 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Kingston.

The first parish competition will be held on Saturday, May 3, at the Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria, St Mary, at 8:00 pm.

On Saturday, May 10, parish competitions will take place at the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Ocho Rios, and at the Cecil Charlton Hall in Mandeville, Manchester, starting at 8:00 p.m.

Trelawny is gearing up for its show on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 at the Royalton White Sand Hotel (formerly Starfish Hotel). Tickets will be available at the JCDC’s parish offices.

Programme Management Director, JCDC, Dorrett Thaxter told JIS News that the contestants have been meeting with JCDC Parish Officers and undergoing training for the competition.

She said the women, who are between 18 and 25 years, will be judged on cultural awareness, leadership, and their involvement in community development.

She noted that they will also be judged on performances during the shows in the areas of speech, dance or drama.

“The competition encourages the development of cultural awareness, creativity and will showcase our best, in terms of the inner and outward beauty of the young women,” she added.

Explaining the significance of the theme, Mrs. Thaxter said women have been making a contribution to the country’s development in every area.

“They assist in so many ways and when we use the theme it allows the contestants a chance to broaden their thinking, to look at what we have achieved through the contribution of women in Jamaica and in the world and what they can do as young women to help in developing our country,” she added.

The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition is the premier forum for intelligent, culturally-aware and poised young ladies seeking a platform to make their contributions to nation building, and to be selected as cultural ambassadors for Jamaica.

The Parish Queens will receive cash awards, trophies and gift packages from sponsors which include, Soft Sheen-Carson, Excelsior, Singer, VMBS, Stayfree, and Its Really Great Yogurt.