Mausica is Best Village
The Mausica United Youth Council was on Sunday judged the Best Overall Village of the 2012 Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition, the finale of which took place at Queen's Hall, St Ann's. The show titled, Le Grand Z'Affaire also featured the final of the Miss La Reine Rive pageant, which was won by Malaika Ballantyne who represented the Embacadere Travellers of Victoria West. Ballantyne also won the award for Best Self Expression and she placed second in the individual talent competition.
Mobile phone texting was used for the first time ever in the competition along with the points earned from the judges to determine the overall winner of the pageant. Ballantyne received a total 185 text votes, which combined with the judges score put her over the top.
Khristen Tracey Chan, however, won the texting competition with 715 votes. Along with the crowning of Miss La Reine Rive 2012 and the revelation of the top village several other results were announced including: Best Menu of the Day at the Food Fair was won by the SIA Performing Arts Company of St Andrew/St David; Best Handicraft Display went to the Four Stars Craft Innovators of St George West and Best Youth Display was awarded to the Fyzabad Connection Drama Group of St Patrick East. Other awards presented included: Best Folk Show won by D Kulture Klub Ensemble of Tobago, Best Folk Presentation Music (Calypsoes on Trinidad and Tobago) went to Homeland Gardens Folk Performers and the award for Best National/Patriotic Songs was claimed by Belmont Freetown Cultural Arts and Folk Performers of St George West. On hand to present the main awards was Minister of Community Development, Winston "Gypsy" Peters, while the lineup of special guest performers included: Reigning Independence Calypso Monarch, Chucky, who serenaded the 25 queens and the Xtreme Breakers dance troupe.