PALMDALE – Eleven lovely ladies will take part in a competition this Saturday that showcases the music, culture, and traditions of the Antelope Valley’s Latino community.
The inaugural Miss AV Latina pageant takes place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. this Saturday, April 26, at the Chimbole Cultural Center, located at 38350 Sierra Highway in Palmdale.
“We are asking [residents] to support the girls of the community. They come from all over the Antelope Valley, including Lake Hughes, Rosamond, Lancaster and Palmdale, and they are proud of their heritage,” said Pageant Director Waunette Cullors, adding that the young ladies are representing Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama and Mexico.
“They will be giving speeches and demonstrations to highlight where their family origin is from,” Cullors continued.
The pageant categories are: Tiny Miss AV Latina, Little Miss AV Latina, Young Miss AV Latina, Junior Miss AV Latina, and Miss AV Latina.
Contestants will be judged on their grace and stage presence, interviewing skills, impromptu questions, and a speech focusing on how their culture and heritage shape their personal identity.
The winners will serve as ambassadors for the Antelope Valley’s Latino community for one year, participating in parades and community events, as well as a service project.
“They’ll take part in events such as the Cesar Chavez parade in Littlerock, Cinco de Mayo, the Tamale Festival, and all other community events and programs that highlight the Latino culture in the Antelope Valley,” Cullors said.
The inaugural Miss AV Latina pageant is sponsored by Pueblo Y Salud and supported by the AV Dreamers.
Tickets are $10 at the door. All Community Queens are welcome to attend.
For more information, call Waunette Cullors at 661-202-4484 or Christina Zulu at 661-860-6543