Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2019, Khamara Wright Miss St Catherine is flanked by her first runner up, AnnaKay Hudson, Miss Kingston and St. Andrew (left) and second runner up Chardonnae Parkins, Miss St. James at the Grand Coronation of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition 2019.
The Queen: Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2019, Khamara Wright.
Miss St. Catherine Khamara Wright of St Catherine was crowned Miss Jamaica Festival Queen in a stellar show at Thursday night, August 1, at the National Arena. Thirteen parish queens from across the island vied for the coveted national crown.
The Queens delivered very spirited, topical, cultural and entertaining talent pieces to the large audience on spot to witness this year’s competition.
‘Hexcitement’, ‘Obeah Man’, ‘Crime tekweh uh self’ and the ‘Unbroken Cycle’ are just a few of the talent performances that were seen and well received at the National Arena. Supporters showed their appreciation through loud cheers and applause as they watched their favorites deliver world-class performances on the national stage.
The event saw a special guest performance by ‘Dburnz’ who delivered a high energy set of roots rocking reggae before the announcements.
In the end, it was Miss St. Catherine Khamara Wright who walked away with the title of Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2019, a $450,000 cash prize, ninety-five thousand dollars towards her national project and other prizes.
In an interview with Jamaica Today, Khamara expressed happiness, excitement and shock at her victory.
“I am happy to represent, I’m proud to bring home the crown for St. Catherine, It’s been 29 years and I am just proud, grateful, honored.” she said.
Miss Kingston and St. Andrew AnnaKay Hudson is the first runner up with a cash prize of $255,000. She also received sectional prizes for being the most active in her community and most culturally aware.
Miss St. James Chardonnnae Parkins is the second runner up.
Other sectional awards went to Chantalle Bryan, Miss St. Ann Most Congenial; Dru-Lissa Grant, Miss St. Thomas Most Poised; Alecia Byfield, Miss Clarendon, Most Popular on Social Media and Reneise Johnson, Miss Hanover for best performance. Sectional prize recipients received a cash prize of $55,000.
Organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the theme for the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition this year is ‘Strong Jamaican Woman: Woman of Culture’. The coronation was held under the Jamaica 57 Independence Celebration theme, ‘One Nation, One People’.