Preparations for the inaugural Miss Carnival Zimbabwe beauty contest are underway with organisers of the event scouting for models to participate ahead of the Zimbabwe International Carnival which runs from May 21 to 26.
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Speaking at a press briefing in Harare recently, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive, Karikoga Kaseke said the pageant would be held on May 18 in Harare.
He said the girl who would be crowned Miss Carnival Queen would walk away with a vehicle and nothing less than US$20 000 as part of her prizes.
“We have already secured a vehicle from our usual sponsor, Philip Chiyangwa and I can assure you that the carnival queen will receive nothing less than
US$20 000 as one of her prizes. During her reign, she will also receive a monthly allowance of US$1 000 which she will use to top up her fuel,” he said.
After being crowned, the queen will assume her roles during the carnival which include looking beautiful at events, showing what Zimbabwe has to offer.
The carnival will coincide with a Cultural and Social Fair to be held at the Exhibition park Tawanda Mutsambi, coordinator of Cultural and Social Fair said, “The Inaugural Cultural and Social Fair which will coincide with the Inaugural Zimbabwe International Carnival will mark one of the largest showcases of Zimbabwean culture, through bringing together the varied cultures and beliefs that exist in Zimbabwe.
“The aim is to celebrate Zimbabwe’s success stories of cultural and social values that form the heart of our nation. This year we chose to celebrate the fair in memorial of one of our Life Vice Presidents the late Hosea Mapondera who contributed immensely to the Society.
The event is expected to attract a large flow of visitors from parts of the country and the region.
“It will be a perfect opportunity for the corporate world to get maximum mileage through showcasing their products and services at the Fair in Exhibition Park. We are also inviting the corporate world to make use of this opportunity to exhibit their products and services,” said Mutsambi.
Meanwhile, preparations for the inaugural Zimbabwe International Carnival are at an advanced stage with over 100 groups registering to participate at the Carnival. Jamaica’s Tarrus Riley is one of the international artistes who have been shortlisted to perform during the Carnival on May 25 at the National Sports stadium.