The opportunity was provided at a cocktail reception that was hosted at the Gardens, just below the Circus Grill Restaurant in Basseterre.
This year eleven (11) Caribbean beauties would be vying for the coveted title of Miss Caribbean Culture Queen. The contestants are Miss Anguilla- Shellya Rogers, Miss Barbados- Dannyele Teneel Leslie, Miss Dominica- Jacintha Fagan, Miss Guyana- Kiswana Jefford, Miss Jamaica- Roneisha James, Miss Montserrat- Robekah Lindsey, Miss Nevis- Verna Grante, Miss St Kitts- Abigail Liburd, Miss St Lucia-Oneka McKoy, Miss St Vincent and the Grenadines- Sheridan Haynes and Miss Trinidad and Tobago- Kia Joachim.
The pageant in its sixth (6th) year will be staged in two parts. The first show is scheduled for Saturday, 23rd July, at Carnival Village, Basseterre in St Kitts. This segment of the 2011 Miss Caribbean Culture Pageant will see the contestants competing in the Ambassadorial Wear and Speech and the Swim Suit segments in One and Two pieces.
Director of Marketing and Sponsorship, Mr. Derrick V Fraites explained that the show will be staged in two parts due the fact that most sponsors are from the St Kitts and feels that everybody should be given a chance to experience the show.
“Most of our sponsors come from St Kitts” said Mr. Fraites “and over the past years the sponsors do not come to the show”
The final show will be held at the Cultural Complex, in Charlestown, Nevis on Monday, 25th July. There, contestants will be judged on Talent, Evening Wear and On Stage Interview. On this night the Presentation of Awards and Crowning Ceremony will also take place.
Mr. Randy Jeffers, Pageant Director, said that the show is ready to take place as preparations have been going well and he believes dividing the work was the best idea. This he said has led to greater efficiency in the execution of our plans.
“Preparations are going very well. I put two committees together, one in St Kitts and one in Nevis for the hosting of this year’s show” explained Mr. Jeffers
The contestants all seem overly excited to perform on both nights.
“…I am thinking that I would have a good show once everything goes as planned” explained Miss St Kitts, Abigail Liburd
When asked what the people of St Kitts should expect from her, she chuckled “All the best, only the best for St Kitts, nothing but the best”
Miss Nevis, Verna Grante, on the other hand said that she is ready and her fans should anticipate beauty, poise, talent and the same happy and bubbly Verna on stage.
One representative, of the show’s platinum sponsor, Digicel, disclosed that the crowned winner would be awarded one laptop computer and a blackberry phone and the first runner up also a blackberry phone.
Both shows are scheduled to commence at 8:00pm sharp.
The 2011 Miss Caribbean Culture Pageant which bears the theme ‘Bridging the gap, One Caribbean, One People” is a part of ‘De Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Lime’ Nevis Culturama Festival.