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Rival Pageants Announced for Independence

Rival Pageants Antigua St John's - The Independence Steering Committee has announced details of the annual Homecoming Queen Show. But no sooner was the announcement made than there was an announcement of a rival show, the Miss Parish Queen 2011.

The shows are slated to take place just days apart, with the Parish Queen show on October 26 and the Independence Homecoming on October 28.

The Independence Homecoming Queen Committee had issued a statement saying that no rival show would be allowed to take place within the official 30th anniversary of Independence observance.

Later, a release from the Parish Queen organisers said they had decided not to proceed with their show.

On Thursday morning, Director of Culture Gilbert Laudat appeared on ABS TV's Good Morning Antigua & Barbuda to confirm that the organisers of the Miss Parish Queen Show had decided to call off their pageant after the intervention of Culture Minister Eleston "Namba" Adams.

But in a media release, Signature Events, an organisation headed by promoter Kirk Vhon Kelt, announced the launch of the rival pageant and said it had already selected its delegates, dubbed the Phenomenal Seven.


Things got more confusing when Signature Events announced that it had the blessing of Minister Adams, and one takes into accounts Vhon Kelt’s close relationship with Laudat.

“The pageant which has been in the planning and development stage since last year, is being staged on Saturday, November 26, at 8 pm at the Dean William Lake Cultural Centre,” the statement said.

It named the seven delegates - Kimberly King, Shameber Whaul, Karina Alexander, Rhea Pluck, Thalia Joseph, Helina Hewlett, and Jovanna December, and said, “One of the reasons for this specific date is to coincide with the usual Tourism Week of events that is organised by the Ministry of Tourism Civil Aviation and Culture and usually takes place around that time of the year,” the statement noted.

It said Signature Events aims to prepare young women for the world of pageantry, not just locally, but regionally and internationally. He said intense training is done to prepare the delegates at the level required internationally.

Caribarena.com made several attempts to contact the principals involved in both pageants up to late Thursday, but was not successful.


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'crab's in a barrel

#5 Jumbee Picknee » 2011-09-10 15:07

Greetings folks,

There is one thing that is certain in the life of huemans, and that is, "competition breeds ingenuity," plain and simple. However, I have come to the conclusion, that, we as Antiguans/Barbudans/ Redondans and others of African decent has allowed the word "COMPETITION" to have a derogatory and negative meaning in our planning and reasoning, in other words competition means war and as we all know, war is a detriment to any culture. It's about time that we take our thoughts and deeds out of the mental barrel which has encased us, and have us behaving like a bunch of crabs caught at Darkwood, placed in drums, ready to be boiled to make a lavish feast of "fungi & crab." Take a good look at our economy, even the Chinese have learnt to placed us in that virtual barrel and watch us claw, crawl, vomit and poop all over each other. However, with that said, having two pageants with the same premise at virtually the same is pure idiottic.
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It's amazing

#4 Amazed » 2011-09-04 16:50

It's amazing that this government is trying to tell people that nobody else can do a pageant while they are doing one. Are we living under dictatorship? Why would they want to keep down people trying to do positive things in their community? Are they afraid that competition will make their show look small?
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#3 Plain Truth » 2011-09-02 17:20

I suggest you revisit your suggestion. The time is right for government to cede all such shows to private entities. There are other more pressing issues for government to look about. An additional advantage of this approach is the encouraging and facilitating of the creative, management and business development of our people.
It will also allow for the creation of new businesses and the circulation of money in the economy, including the payment of much needed taxes. Food for thought Avid Reader
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@ Plain Truth

#2 Avid Reader » 2011-09-02 10:23

Not in support of the foolishness, but the show should generate income for the government coffers if done properly. What they need to do is let the contestants get their own sponsors, you cannot enter without a sponsor, CDC/Culture has absolutely no right to remove the responsibility of finding a sponsor from the contestants, it should be their responsibility.

The contestants can do all kinds of fundraisers to raise monies if they are truly interested. Maybe it is this lack of involvement by the contestants why no one wants to sponsor them.
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They major in minors

#1 Plain Truth » 2011-09-02 07:11

Government has no money; cant pay salaries and wages, can't provide adequately for healthcare, education or repair disintegrating roads but here they are jostling to host a queen show. Where are the priorities?
We are told that government must not get into activities which can be lead and undertaken by private enterprise, yet here they go, after their failure to secure sponsorship for a single delegate during carnival 2011, making declarations that they alone have the right to promote a Queen show for Independence.
I encourage the promoters to stand their ground and call on Antiguans to support the private effort while demanding that government concentrates its efforts and resources on the key/critical issues listed above.
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