As we count down to kick off the Pageant and associated festivities, young women from all over the region prepare to take the stage in Suva in less than two weeks time and preparations are well underway to turn Albert Park into a mini South Pacific; a place where all things Pacific will be showcased during the week long event.
Contestants will start to arrive from next week, with staggered arrival times. All the contestants will be here and ready to go by Friday 20, November.
Set up at the grounds has begun. We now have food stalls in place and the carnival ride operators will begin their set up later in the week. A rehearsal for the lighting and sound equipment is planned for early next week and we are aiming for the entire site to be ready for action on the Saturday 14, November.
There will be cultural entertainment and sporting competitions at three venues around the park combined with the sale and display of arts and crafts from pacific island booths and the judging of the queens on the main stage each evening from Wednesday, 23 November.
The first two heats of the Dragon Music Pacific Has Talent competition are over with the semi final scheduled for Saturday 14, November and the grand finale planned for the Tuesday 24, November.
The new website www.misssouthpacificfiji.com went live last Friday and has a whole host of important Pageant information such as profiles on the contestants, a layout map of Albert Park, the programme and all the associated promotions. Speaking of promotions, somewhere in Suva there are two very happy people who have already won $5,000each from the PBS text competition.
The Suva City Council is gearing up for it’s “Clean Up” campaign as they really walk the talk of this year’s theme ‘Preserving our environment the pacific way’. The council has launched the campaign to have Suva, clean, green and beautiful by the time the pacific beauties from the 10 island nations converge on the city next week.
One thing left to tick off are the volunteers from the Pacific Island community to assist with the manning of the booths and the building of the floats for their relevant countries. If people are interested they are to contact the Fiji Arts Council.
Dhansukh Lal Bhikha