Over 50 contestants, including a Venezuelan, will compete in the Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen Competition 2012 set for Pier 1 this Saturday.
"This year, for the first time we will be having someone from the South American continent," stated Brian 'Big Head' Martin, promoter of the event, while at the launch last Wednesday in Montego Bay.
A number of the contestants have already arrived in the island and are busy finishing their preparatons.
Meanwhile, speaking Wednesday evening, Martin lauded the contribution of title sponsors Red Label Wine for their unflinching support for the event over the years. "Without corporate citizens such as Red Label, this event would not be riding high at age 16. I want to thank them for their contribution over the years," he expressed.
Meanwhile, Carnel Campbell, a UTech student who is one of the recipients, and who was among a number of others present at the launch, expressed gratitude. "It has helped me very well. It has expanded my ability in terms of leadership and otherwise," Campbell said. The other recipients present are students from the University of the West Indies, Northern Caribbean University, UTech, GC Foster College, Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, Mico University and the Montego Bay Community College.
Martin said he was happy to render any assistance he could to youngsters.