Two out as Miss Ber­bice ‘I’m a Big Deal’ com­pe­ti­tion counts down

Stabroek News - - THE SCENE -

The con­tes­tants of the Miss Ber­bice ‘I’m a Big Deal’ Pageant have de­creased from 10 to 8, it was an­nounced on Thurs­day.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in the board­room of the Rose Hall Mayor and Town Coun­cil, Co­or­di­na­tor of the pageant com­mit­tee Tracey Khan-Drakes in­formed the pub­lic that for dif­fer­ent rea­sons Julieanna Clin­ket and Ame­sha Ramk­ishun were no longer con­test­ing the ti­tle.

The re­main­ing 8 con­tes­tants are Ome­ica Bin­dah, Keba Henry, Cin­tiana Harry, Serona Joseph, Ja­mace Hinds, Na­toya Rawl­ins, Priya An­jiloi and Ramesh­warie Jairam.

The first pre­lim­i­nary is the Swim­suit com­pe­ti­tion which is sched­uled for next Satur­day, November 17, at the Skel­don Es­tate Pool­side. A play­ground will be set up for the chil­dren on the lawns so as to make it a day that caters for fam­ily fun. The event, it was said, is geared to­wards fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment and will in­clude prizes for ‘The Most Fit and Proper’ per­sons along with a spe­cial one for the man with the largest belly. There will also be sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as a vol­ley­ball com­pe­ti­tion along with cricket and foot­ball matches.

“It’s all about hav­ing fun. Life can be stress­ful so we wanted to cre­ate th­ese events to en­sure that Ber­bi­cians have some­thing to look for­ward to, some­thing that they can en­joy and en­joy as a fam­ily,” KhanDrakes said. “We will also have, on the same day, a swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion for pa­trons. All that is re­quired of them is that they can swim and are sober. This com­pe­ti­tion will take place ear­lier in the day prior to the swim­suit cat­e­gory com­pe­ti­tion. All swim­suits will be de­signed by our lo­cal de­sign­ers. The high­light of the day will be the dis­play­ing of the de­signer pieces.”

Then the fol­low­ing day the ex­cite­ment con­tin­ues with a cos­tume ex­trav­a­ganza and mini-car­ni­val slated for Rose Hall. This year the Mayor and Town Coun­cil will be col­lab­o­rat­ing with the pageant com­mit­tee in cel­e­bra­tion of the event. The con­tes­tants will be par­tic­i­pat­ing with their en­tourages and will be decked in lo­cal de­signer cos­tumes. The car­ni­val theme this year is ‘Birds of Par­adise’. With Guyana said to have more than 150 species of birds, the con­tes­tants will fea­ture a few of them through their cos­tumes. The team in­vites youth groups and groups be­long­ing to any re­li­gion that is in­ter­ested to join­ing in the fun to con­tact them about get­ting cos­tumes and match­ing tshirts. The road leads to Rose Hall Pri­mary School where the con­tes­tants will be judged on their cos­tumes. They will be pre­sented prizes for hav­ing the largest en­tourages and bands.

Rose Hall Mayor Vi­jay Ramoo said, “I’m ex­cited; there’s no ques­tion about that. The I’m a Big Deal is com­ing to Rose Hall. I was very for­tu­nate to wit­ness the very first pageant last year. It was a suc­cess and I’m pos­i­tive that this one hav­ing had more ex­po­sure and be­ing more pub­lic ori­ented will def­i­nitely be big­ger and bet­ter that the last.” He added that since the town was un­able to have its an­nual week of ac­tiv­i­ties this year, he is look­ing for­ward to high­light­ing the town through the mini-car­ni­val not­ing that this will pro­mote busi­ness in the town.

In prepa­ra­tion for the car­ni­val, the pageant com­mit­tee will be join­ing with res­i­dents of Rose Hall on Wed­nes­day to par­tic­i­pate in a grand cleanup and dec­o­rat­ing of the town which will con­clude with a cook-out and with re­fresh­ments.

It was stated also that af­ter the pageant, the Miss Ber­bice con­tes­tants will be col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Mayor and Town Coun­cil in their first ever Christ­mas

Ome­ica Bin­dah

Keba Henry

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