WESTERN FOCUS - Miss Blenheim crowning tonight
All is set for the Miss Blenheim pageant on the grounds of the Blenheim Community Centre, near the Bustamante Heritage site in Hanover, tonight.
A total of seven girls, between ages eight and eleven, will compete for the title, where they will be judged on smile, best gown and talent.
The event is being staged by community members Marlon Watson aka Title and Kevin Morris - both of Dias community in the parish. The two men have been promoting pageants for the past three years, having staged the Miss Community Queen competition for young women between the ages of 18 and 21, for two consecutive years.
Small projects help
"Each year, we keep a little contest to help out in the community with small projects, like the bushing of the road and to buy school books," Watson told Western Focus.
He said, however, that it has proved difficult to garner support from commercial entities to stage the event, so charitable persons within the community have provided donations in kind and cash.
The winner will take home a $15,000 first-place prize, second-place will be awarded $10,000 while the third-place winner will receive $7,000.
All contestants will take home gift baskets and other prizes. Watson said he and Morris plan to make the Miss Blenheim competition an annual event, from which part proceeds will be used to undertake community development projects and assist with the construction of housing for the indigent.