Carnival foundation looking for Jr. & Sr. Queen contestants

The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is looking for young ladies to participate in the Junior and Senior Carnival Queen Pageants. The foundation is putting extra effort into re-establishing the two local events as premier activities for Carnival 2011.

"Over the past two years or so the excitement around our two local pageants has waned somewhat for a number of reasons," President of the SCDF Stuart Johnson said. "One of those reasons is of course what we offer as prizes for the pageants and the marketing of the two shows was not where it should have been. We intend to change that for Carnival 2011," he added.

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Interested young ladies for the Junior Carnival Queen Pageant should be between the ages of 7 and 12 years. The show starts with an opening dance followed by the segments that will be judged: introduction, talent and Carnival costume.

The format of the Senior show differs a little. It also starts with a performance, followed by the introduction segment, talent, swimwear, Carnival costume and evening wear. Young ladies interested in the Senior show should be between 17 and 25 years of age, unmarried with no children.

"We are working on an incredible prize for both the Junior and Senior Queens as well as the runner-ups. We are doing our utmost to bring back the excitement and class of the events," Johnson said, adding that registration forms for both shows can be collected at the security post inside the Government Administration Building.

Persons with questions can contact SCDF by emailing sx*********@ho*****.com or calling 5220509.