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Controversy looms over Miss BVI Pageant prizes?

-Is a car in or out? Persons close to contestants crying foul
Persons close to the contestants of the 2013 Miss BVI Pageant have expressed concerns that there might not be a car among the 1st place prizes this year. No official confirmation has been forthcoming from the coordinators of the pageant as it relates to this concern. Photo: VINO
Efforts to get an official comment from the Chairperson of the Miss BVI Pageant Committee, Ms Alicia Hamm, were not successful. Photo: VINO/File
Efforts to get an official comment from the Chairperson of the Miss BVI Pageant Committee, Ms Alicia Hamm, were not successful. Photo: VINO/File
The Hyundai Elantra given to Ms Sharie B. Y. deCastro by the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee for winning the Miss BVI Pageant in August 2012. It is alleged that a car will not be among the prizes this year, which has left some persons close to the contestants fuming. Photo: VINO/File
The Hyundai Elantra given to Ms Sharie B. Y. deCastro by the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee for winning the Miss BVI Pageant in August 2012. It is alleged that a car will not be among the prizes this year, which has left some persons close to the contestants fuming. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – It’s just about three weeks before the Territory sees the staging of yet another Miss BVI Pageant as preparations are moving full speed ahead. However, some contestants and family members have raised the concern about the minimizing of the first place prizes initially promised.

Word reaching Virgin Islands News Online from sources close to the Miss BVI organization is that concerns have been raised about the alleged last minute pulling out of the car as one of the prizes for this year’s queen show. “They had the application out with a deadline of sometime in February and on the website and via other means they told the girls that one of the prizes was the car like Shari got, now they want them to sign a new contract and that contract does not have the car in as a prize,” stated the concerned source.

Contacted about this concern, Chairperson of the Miss BVI Pageant Committee Ms Alicia Hamm, told this news agency she was not in a position to speak on the matter at the time but has promised to do so when it’s more appropriate to her.

The source said that this news was broken to the contestants while in St John, USVI, recently by the coordinators of the Miss BVI pageant and they were also told that they are required to sign a new contract before the pageant. “They already signed a contract with their applications, which were accepted way back in February, early March now to come and change up things and to tell them that they have to sign a new contract is a breach in contract on the part of the organizers,” the source said.

The source speculated that the economy is feeling severe strains from the Global Economic Depression which has finally hit the Virgin Islands and the committee may have found themselves in a trap hole for cash. “Honestly I do not believe this is something that the coordinator (name called) wants to do, but I strongly feels that she is under severe pressure from Government, which is the main sponsor of this pageant because they have a financial problem at this time and I stand to be corrected, if I am wrong, whoever was donating the car has pulled out,” said the source.

“I think most of those girls went into the competition for what it had to offer, the car being the main and of course the scholarship and I feel that if they are not going to have the car they should at least give the winners money equivalent to or very close to the value of a car. I think this thing right now has dampened the girls’ spirit and to God be the glory if they all decide to agree to the new contract and sign on so we could still have a Miss BVI pageant this year,” said the concerned source.

Shortly after making contact with Ms Hamm, this News Site attempted to make contact with some of the contestants but was informed that they were summoned to an emergency meeting, which was mainly to address the issues as it had hit the media. The outcome of that meeting is unknown at this time.

Meanwhile, another source close to the Miss BVI Pageant Committee indicated that it was neither advertised on the pageant's website nor was it part of the contestants' contract that a car was among the top prizes. The source also said matters of prizes are not the responsibility of the coordinating body.

As of post time, Virgin Islands News Online was unable to reach the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee, Mr Marvin Blyden, for a comment.

35 Responses to “Controversy looms over Miss BVI Pageant prizes?”

  • old glory (22/07/2013, 10:20) Like (39) Dislike (45) Reply
    Everything Myron and the ndp touch has controversy…jah
    • GoonSquad (22/07/2013, 10:33) Like (27) Dislike (39) Reply
      Just HUSH!!! He is the minister not the Chairperson of festival..If they cant afford a car this year,big deal..Meeno the show was all about winning a car?
    • Hmm (22/07/2013, 10:54) Like (27) Dislike (1) Reply
      we all knew that was going to happen after that car story with Sharie!!!
    • Shocked (22/07/2013, 12:20) Like (23) Dislike (29) Reply
      Instead of worrying about a car, why don't the commitee award a four year scholarship for their bachelors because most of these girls has an associates degree alreay and those who do not award the scholarship towards their associates degree. A vehicle is material and after is you who have to maintain it, with a scholarship you study your lesson. If the commitee never started to give vehicle what all you would have done and yet still you want them to fund every pageant the winner enters. Hmmmmmmmmm
  • 'nuff already (22/07/2013, 10:24) Like (35) Dislike (13) Reply
    Perhaps it's time to stop all of this pageant nonsense and begin to focus on what's really important--making sure our children have the right tools to function in a rapidly changing world!!! Instead of focusing on looks....let's focus on books and becoming better citizens to our country and then the world.
  • vi (22/07/2013, 10:39) Like (14) Dislike (47) Reply
    Are they running to represent the Country or to win a car? I understand that whatever they promise should be given but I don't think at this point it should be a game changer. Deal with that after the fact. Right now they should be focused on doing their best to become an ambassador for the BVI. WTF?
    • @vi (23/07/2013, 09:16) Like (6) Dislike (42) Reply
      Hammer meet nail! The goal of the pageant is to find a suitable ambassador for the BVI. An allotment of prizes is an additional benefit. Participating should be based on country pride and promotion of culture. Go back and read the history of the pageant. The Queen was selected by committee to reign over the Festival Parade (no pageant involved). As time changed, the means of selection change, but the purpose should have remained the same.

      Now if we insist on awarding prizes, let the local companies provided prizes. e.g. Lunch /dinners at local restaurants, Spa and beauty treatments, week -end getaways, Flights to Caribbean destinations, Ferry passes, Electronics, Jewellery, Gym memberships, Culinary classes, tennis/squash lessons, swimming with the dolphins, free admittance to advancement training programs, training sessions from Toast Masters, health insurance package, home goods, groceries, dance lessons, steel pan lessons (or any other instrument); shall I go on?
  • ooooo (22/07/2013, 11:14) Like (2) Dislike (25) Reply
    are you saying that the recession is only being felt after the ndp got in?
  • bvi (22/07/2013, 11:38) Like (8) Dislike (78) Reply
    They should all pull out of the competition. Without contestants there will be no Miss BVI Competition. It's as simple as that
  • Hmmmm (22/07/2013, 11:43) Like (17) Dislike (30) Reply
    so they are only running to win the car??? Strupesss get out of here!
  • Facts matters (22/07/2013, 12:20) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    It should be about the car! no one would go through all that BS for nothing....that is why I did not let my daughter run them just have the car as a prize to lower the young ladies into the show. Get it together "committee"
  • polo (22/07/2013, 12:58) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    Talk Talk Talk Cry Cry Cry Whine Whine Whine.Blame Blame Blame. OK nuff work for today. I have earned my money...boycot the show ladies

  • mandown (22/07/2013, 13:56) Like (6) Dislike (61) Reply
    Ms. Hamm full a s*i* they need to change her is a
    • @mandown (25/07/2013, 13:12) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      Back off Alicia, you don't know the sacrifice it takes to do this work. Why don't you throw your hat in the ring and try what she has been doing for years without validation and/or payment. She has a passion for this work and she does it well. In the business of organizing pageants, there are numerous moving piece for which she has no control. So please, keep an open mind, perhaps you should volunteer your time to assist her, you may be able to learn a thing or two.

  • facts man (22/07/2013, 13:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    the way the girls are treated why would anyone run
  • my two cents (22/07/2013, 14:20) Like (5) Dislike (75) Reply
    just give the girls a car MB
  • Brianna (22/07/2013, 15:42) Like (2) Dislike (108) Reply
    Briana looks like QUEEN!!!!
  • Sigh (22/07/2013, 15:53) Like (7) Dislike (206) Reply
    I dont know why the big fuss over a car? Most of those girls already have a car especially the one with the big red jeep. for heaven sake compete in the show to become an ambassador for the BVI, get a scholarship and represent the BVI in the 2014 miss caribbean world pagent.
  • Full ah s*** (22/07/2013, 17:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Them advertised on them web site big and bold what the prizes are just to get people to run for the show ..put you money weh you mouth is mr. and mrs. committee. Who ever win should sue Marvin fuh the vehicle.
  • yellow (22/07/2013, 19:24) Like (3) Dislike (37) Reply
    Those who favour the reckless actions of the commitee could do well to remember the story of the frog. It was comfortable as the water in the pot warmed gradually, and before long it was boiled. On the other hand, if the water was hot at the start, the frog would have realised what was happening and just jumped out.

  • family (22/07/2013, 20:46) Like (9) Dislike (167) Reply
    Don't worry yourself about the "BIG RED JEEP" it was not given freely it is hard work and the blessings of the Lord and yes she does look like a sure winner car or no car.
    NUFF SAID!!!!!
  • Opinion (22/07/2013, 22:37) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    See the ad for girls to participate ...them have car as one of the prizes...them shame them own self...look wuk
  • Really (23/07/2013, 08:49) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
    Since when does a vehicle dictate whether you are ready to take on being an ambassador for the country by running for a pageant..? in other news our economy needs a wake up call.. people doing horrible things for money and HIV and robbery is on a rise
  • Same said (23/07/2013, 22:34) Like (0) Dislike (84) Reply
    Mr. And Miss commiitte wher is the intellect in these girls ...listening to spotlight tonight makes me feel shame of who is representing the BVI.....
  • pleasure (24/07/2013, 07:12) Like (6) Dislike (22) Reply
    Same said. ..All the girls were good on spotlight. ..people always talking especially when they themselves cannot do what the girls are doing...yall need shut the f@*# up.
  • Hmmmm (24/07/2013, 22:12) Like (3) Dislike (127) Reply
    most of the girls aint from here so probably why! #curry
  • to pleasure less (25/07/2013, 12:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    why dont you put yourself in the girls shoes! that wasnt even a big deal! majority of the time the other girls just repeated what she said especially #2. #1 was short and precise. seemed a bit nervous after her little mistake.
  • Private (25/07/2013, 18:17) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    You are so glad that her family are decent people and they would not bother with small and cheap talks like that but I can do it for the......"you are an idiot". Amen
  • a prize (26/07/2013, 00:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Shucks, first prize could be to go out with me. That'd be mighty decent. Yes ma'am...
    I won't break down nearly as much as that car...


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