The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) crowned the final three Festival Queens for the parishes of Hanover, Clarendon and St. James over the weekend and plans are now in high gear for the Grand Coronation.
The energy was high in Clarendon on Saturday, June 7 at the St. Thomas More Church Hall as Petrina Williams impressed the judges and snatched the Miss Clarendon Festival Queen title and four of the sectional prizes- Best Performance, Most Poised, Most Culturally-Aware and Most Active in the Community. Shashana Rickman was awarded the first runner-up spot and Sherice Fearon was placed second runner-up.
Hanover also had its share of excitement at the Festival Queen Coronation on Saturday, June 7 at the Jockey Factory. Andrene Hutchinson was named the Miss Hanover Festival Queen and also received sectional prizes for Most Active in the Community and Best Performance. Shanika Small copped the first runner-up spot along with prizes of Most Culturally Aware and Most Poised. The second runner-up spot was awarded to Veronica Buchanan who received the Most Congenial Award and also shared the Best Performance prize.
The final Festival Queen Parish Show was held in St. James on Sunday, June 8 at the Iberostar Hotel with Trudy-Ann Hylton emerging as the St. James Festival Queen and also copping the Most Poised and Best Performance sectional prizes. The first runner-up spot was awarded to Krystle Kerr who was the Most Culturally Aware and Samoy Wright who was named the second runner-up.
The Parish Queens are gearing up for the Grand Coronation which will be held on July 19 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre under the theme, “Jamaican Women…Shaping our Culture and our Nation”. The competition sponsors include, Soft Sheen-Carson, Excelsior, Singer, VMBS, Stayfree and Its Really Great Yogurt.