Candidates showcased their talent Thursday during the Miss Penticton Talent Night event at the Cleland Community Theatre where each of the girls performed a five-minute presentation of their choice.
The performances offered a wide variety of entertainment for the audience of family, friends and judges with dancing, singing, musical theatre and poetry reading among the set.
Along with the evening of presentations, the candidates’ photos were revealed in the lobby of the theatre and will be featured in public areas around the community until pageant night.
Nikita Afonso, Miss LocoLanding, played guitar and sang a song she wrote about someone that passed away from cancer.
“I’m inspired by life experiences and others’ stories,” said Afonso.
She found that she has already grown a great deal from the program, which is half way done. “I don’t say um or like as much as I used to,” she laughed.
With the 2011 competition in its final months, the current queen is looking forward to crowning one of the candidates.
“I’m sad but excited,” said Danielle Chetner, the reigning Miss Penticton who will be finishing up her term in August. “The girls have come a long way, they’re all doing really well.”
But she is still enjoying the adventures that come with travelling to neighbouring cities while she still can.
“During the parade in Wenatchee, it was pouring rain, windy and cold. We had got to the bottom of the hill and then had to get pushed the rest of the way,” said Chetner on the broken float, which is currently getting repaired in Vancouver.