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Naysayers blamed for poor participation in VG Festival pageants

- committee forced to reschedule 3 of its pageants
Above: Miss Gorgeous 2013 winner, Ms Volda Johnson is flanked by Ms Wendy George (left) and Ms Shearine George. The VG Festival Committee is finding it difficult to attract participation for pageants this year, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Public Relations Officer of the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Committee Adrianna J. Soverall has said that at least three of their scheduled pageants were affected due to the naysayers in the community.

As a result, the Prince and Princess show scheduled for April 2, 2017 will now be held on April 9, Miss Gorgeous, which was slated for Saturday March 18, will now be on April 8 and the Miss Virgin Gorda, originally planned for Saturday April 8, 2017, will be held on a new date to be announced soon.

The Virgin Gorda Easter Festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary from April 12-17, 2017 and has been plagued by much controversy already.

The contestants for these pageants were allowed more time to get ready, as a result.

“We had a few hiccups in the past,” Soverall informed.

Naysayers affecting pageant participation

Soverall said it takes a lot of courage to participate in any show, and “once some people decide that they want to be in a show,…there are naysayers, it has nothing to do with the VG Festivals Committee but with the community we live in and some people gets discouraged from running,” she said during an interview with Virgin Islands News Online recently.

“So it’s the same people but we might have to bring in a team to encourage them and to make them feel empowered again, because some of the contestants are first timers.”

Multiple benefits to pageantry

Soverall explained that there are multiple benefits to be derived from taking part in pageants.

“Pageants on a whole build self-confidence. It grooms individuals and it also presents opportunities that normally wouldn’t exist for someone who won’t try. There is always scholarships, always some type of educational aspect, some type of financial assistance, trips, or for the younger children there would be educational scholarships or grants involved. So those are the types of returns that we try to offer to encourage persons to participate,” she stated.

Adding, “Plus, being in a show is not easy, there is a certain type of training and poise and eloquence that you have to have and in that journey it grooms that person. Sometimes even if you don’t win, you possess a knowledge that maybe others won’t have and if you start from young, then you have a grasp of how to stand, how to walk, how to present yourself overall in a setting.”

Presenting their talents and uniqueness to a wide audience is also an advantage, and the PRO is encouraging persons to not shy away from participating in a pageant.

17 Responses to “Naysayers blamed for poor participation in VG Festival pageants”

  • Hmmmm (23/03/2017, 09:08) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    The naysayers most of them are in the committee
  • Hmm (23/03/2017, 09:18) Like (40) Dislike (2) Reply
    But y so much pageants for such a small community
  • voter (23/03/2017, 10:13) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    We want a general election
  • Guyanese (23/03/2017, 10:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    sheer bull
  • Contestant (23/03/2017, 10:47) Like (19) Dislike (3) Reply
    They have the queen picked for Miss Gorgeous so they just giving her more time to get ready since she was the last to join. Don't blame the poor participation because the contestants are ready! We know the tricks of the game. SF and AS full of F. Liars all around!
  • tell the truth (23/03/2017, 11:56) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets be honest here! A lot of persons do not want to participate because of the lack of professionalism by the committee and the unfairness on the night of the pageants. We all know that Virgin Gorda is a small community with a lot of big names however when our young ladies enter theses pageants and dedicate time and effort to then be cheated because the committee already picked their winners its not fair!

    The bigger picture here is the lack of professionalism by the committee and the head of the committee. If they are unable to dedicate themselves to the jobs then leave it for persons who can! Its ridiculous how events have changed last minute and the persons who are partaking in these said events are notified the day off or the day before! This what discourages young ladies from participating not the community its the committee! Not only are they being notified last minute but not all at once which displays favoritism......

    They talk about bringing in a team to encourage the girls yet the committee themselves are do not encourage or try to boost the girls self esteem! With all these so called hiccups how many of these members have checked in with the contestants to see how they are doing even though they get more time to be prepared it is still nerve racking for them!

    They need to tell the truth and do better!
  • Reflection (23/03/2017, 11:59) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Committee needs to look in the mirror. They wouldn't have to look too far for the naysayers.
  • Candi (23/03/2017, 12:27) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I get what the lady is saying, but let's be honest here. The real reason nobody wants to take part is because the Committee is bias. The winner is usually selected even before the show starts. The next thing is it takes years before contestants can collect their prizes.

    Has anyone seen what they did to some contestants? Its shameful
  • Yes (23/03/2017, 12:31) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    them got up the right queen, cuz ain nobody like drama more than she. lmao
    • Ha! (23/03/2017, 16:51) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      mehson it got to be hereditary cause that whole family is drama and confusion. smdh
  • Well (23/03/2017, 13:04) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Standard of competition isn't that high. The support should be about having fun.
  • Rheem-Califone (23/03/2017, 20:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
  • aye aye (23/03/2017, 21:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Buh who this girl is mehsonnn
    Who join show
    Gimme lil hint nuh Mann lol
  • Hello there (23/03/2017, 23:32) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another example of these communities tendency to self-destruct
  • ha (24/03/2017, 19:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was thinking about joining one of the shows. However after deep consideration and self perspectives it don't make sense !! They already pick the winner even before the show date . My last name isn't in the committee nor anybody in my family is apart . I won't waste my time. Don't waste your time either if your parents are not big in that community

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