District festival queens shine

Three districts of the Cayman Islands held their annual festival queen competitions over the weekend. 

The winners of each competition will represent their respective districts during the Pirates Week heritage festival next month. 

On Friday night, at the Alexander Hotel in Cayman Brac, six contestants took part in the competition. 

Cheyenne Dixon was crowned Brac festival queen. First runner up was Brittni Bodden. Other contestants from the Brac were Mirta Walton, Ashley Ebanks, Lindsey Ann Brown-Conolly and Anya Connor. 

In East End on Saturday evening, the festival queen was chosen on the basis of costume. Each of the seven participants personified some aspect of the theme “Myths and Legends.”  

Nerissa McLaughlin was declared festival queen with her Caymanized Junkanoo dress. Tamika Rankin was first runner-up as a local mermaid and Vanessa Rankine was awarded second runner-up for her original presentation of the 1888 East End shipwreck with its mysterious anchor. 

The crowd at the festively decorated East End Primary School Hall cheered each contestant and her costume, including: Shaddai Burton as musician Radley Gourzong; Tevon Dixon as the Rolling Calf; Jahsaria Ebanks as National Hero Sybil McLaughlin; Latoya Lightbody, with a waist-encircling tray of legends in front and myths in back. 

There was a decidedly international flavor to Saturday night’s Miss Bodden Town contest, with competitors representing different countries at the Bodden Town Civic Center. 

Juzan Minzett, highlighting the country of Barbados, was crowned Miss Bodden Town. She was presented with the crown and sash by outgoing Miss Bodden Town Amanda McLaughlin. Ms Minzett also won the titles Best Smile and Best Talent. 

Other contestants included Daryl Barnes; Areline McLaughlin, who won first runner-up, Best Gown and the People’s Choice awards; Crystal Barnes, second runner-up; and Sharnelle Silburn, who won the Miss Amity and Miss Photogenic awards. 


Cheyenne Dixon was named Cayman Brac’s festival queen. – PHOTO: ED BEATY


The contestants at this year’s Brac Festival Queen were, from left, Mirta Walton; Anya Connor; Lindsey Ann Brown-Conolly; Ashley Ebanks; Cheyenne Dixon, queen; and Brittni Bodden, first runner up. – PHOTO: ED BEATY


The East End Festival Queen costume competition illustrated a varity of “Myths and Legends.” From left, Vanessa Rankine, Tamika Rankin, Nerissa McLaughlin, Latoya Lightbody, Jahsaria Ebanks, Tevon Dixon, and Shaddai Burton with emcees Raymond Conolly and Geva Richards. – PHOTO: CAROL WINKER


East End’s 2012 Heritage Queen Kianna Rankine bestows the sash and crown to this year’s costume winner, Nerissa McLaughlin. – Photo: Carol Winker


The 2012 Miss Bodden Town Amanda McLaughlin, far right, with this year’s contestants, from left, Areline McLaughlin, Crystal Barnes, Daryl Barnes, Sharnelle Silburn and Juzan Minzett. – Photo: Jewel Levy


Juzan Minzett wears the Miss Bodden Town crown. – Photo: Jewel Levy


Miss Bodden Town winner was Juzan Minzett, seated, with Crystal Barnes, second runner-up, left, and first runner-up Areline McLaughlin. – PHOTO: JEWEL LEVY