With barely three weeks until the
night of the pageant, this year’s Miss Teen contestants visited Cayman Brac and
Little Cayman last weekend for a whistle-stop tour.
The trip was the first time
contestants had made the trip in more than 15 years, the Miss Teen Committee
confirmed. The weekend trip was also the first time that many of the young
contestants had either overnighted away from their family in Grand Cayman or
had been to the Sister Islands.
The trip was specifically designed
to educate pageant participants on the Brac and Little Cayman’s “unique
subculture and their natural attractions”, organisers said.
According to officials — all
members of the Leo’s Club of Grand Cayman, the pageant’s organisers — the
group touched down at Gerrard Smith International Airport on Saturday, 7
August, where they were welcomed by the Sister Islands’ deputy district
commissioner, Mark Tibbetts.
The contestants and their
chaperones were taken on an island tour by Robin Walton of Tropicana, including
many of the island’s most celebrated tourist attractions: the Heritage House,
the Lighthouse, Peter’s and Rebecca’s Caves, the Bat Cave, Blackbeard’s Den,
Rabe’s Trail and the Great Cave.
The contestants then lunched at
Aunt Sha’s Restaurant before continuing their tour. After a full day of
sightseeing, the girls enjoyed relaxing during the two hours’ free time before
attending a barbecue in their honour at Carib Sands.
The next day the participants rose
early for a leisurely breakfast at Aunt Sha’s before heading off to the second
leg of their trip.
Shortly after arriving at Little
Cayman’s Edward Bodden Airfield, the Miss Teen group went on a tour that took
in the scenic splendours of Tarpon Pond, Point of Sand, the Central Caribbean
Marine Institute, Lighthouse Point and Mahogany Bay.
According to Miss Teen Committee’s
Sabine Calvetti, “The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves; it was a learning
experience for them…”