The contestants

Eight ladies from different parts of the island will vie for the title of Miss Carnival Mother’s Queen 2017, scheduled to take place on Saturday, February, 18 2017 at the Arawak House of Culture.

The contestants (pictured above from right to left) are Tamika Burgins of Thibaud, Delah Gachette of Elmshall, Juesther Prentice of Silver Lake, Royette Cooke of St Joseph, Ann-Marie Cornelius of Castle Bruce, Nellister Tavernier of Scottshead, Aquenel Victorine of Goodwill and Alix Warrington also of Goodwill but resides in Switzerland.

Warrington is being sponsored by Dominica Swiss Diaspora, and is the only contestant who has received a sponsor so far.

They were officially launched at a ceremony held at the Calypso House in Bath Estate on Saturday.

The contestants are expected to make their appearance in the following segments: Opening number, Talent Performance, Swim Wear, Spectacular Wear, Evening Wear and Question & Answer round.

The aim of the show is to portray the traditional costume of Dominica, to highlight the talent of mother’s on island, to contribute towards the Carnival industry and to be able to give back to needy members in different communities.

Secretary Treasurer and Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Carnival Mother’s Queen Show Committee, Claudine Charles told Dominica News Online that the Committee is seeking sponsorship for the contestants.

“Thus far we have the training of the contestants going on and we are actually seeking sponsorship for all our girls,” she said. “We have one with official sponsor, our Diaspora contestant [Alix Warrington]”

Charles continued, “For the other girls we continue to work hard to get them sponsors in order to execute a very good Carnival show.”

“We are calling on persons to give whatever they can, whether in cash or kind we accept any of the following,” she added.

Meantime, Reigning Mother’s Queen Miss Erna Reynolds, who addressed the launching ceremony, told the new contestants that the road to the throne is challenging, but in the end so much will be learnt, observed and felt.

“There will be days of frustration, times of panic and moments of uncertainty,” she stated.

However, she noted that being resilient in the face of these obstacles will define the outcome on the night of the show.

“Keep the faith, work hard and you will persevere,” she advised. “Keep in mind that not all things that glitter are gold, but put your best foot forward and you will shine brighter than a diamond.”

Reynolds told mothers to be proud, “because our children are our legacies.”

The show is carded to begin at 8:00 PM.

In 2017 the committee plans to give back to CHANCES, a facility for children at risk.