Search on for Festival Queen

February 11, 2018 5:52 AM

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The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is seeking applicants for the 2018 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, which closes on Friday, February 23.

The Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition, which focuses on leadership, appreciation of the role of women, culture, creative talent and community involvement, has produced some outstanding queens who have continued to make a significant contribution to building Brand Jamaica beyond their reign.

“A signature programme of the JCDC, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition provides holistic development for all the young women who enter,” said Stephen Davidson, JCDC director of marketing and public relations.

“These young women will receive training in speech and diction; poise, talent and business; and social etiquette, and will leave the competition ready to lead their peers in contributing to national development,” Davidson continued.

With millions in cash and prizes to be won, young women, between 18-25 years old must first compete at the parish level before the Grand National Coronation, which forms part of the Jamaica Independence Festival.

Davidson also noted that a major component of the competition is the social outreach aspect, where the contestants are encouraged to give back to their respective communities by organising social projects which are always well received.

Since its inception in 1963, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition has provided opportunities for outstanding young women to leave their mark on not only Jamaica's culture, but all spheres of our nation's development. Some of the past queens include Dr Marsha Barnett, Jennifer 'Jenny-Jenny' Small, Jacinth Hall-Tracey, Dahlia Harris, and Krystal Tomlinson.

Entry forms and other details for the 2018 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition can be accessed on the JCDC website at, the JCDC head office in Kingston or at any JCDC parish office islandwide.


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