This year was a first for Martie du Plessis School in Bloemfontein when they held their annual Mr & Miss Martie occasion outside; this due to Covid-19 regulations.
The theme for this year was “The Greatest Show” and for the opening scene, the finalists were dressed in their own creative circus-inspired outfits.
According to teacher and organiser of Mr & Miss Martie, Janika Barker, this year also had a few more challenges than usual, not only because of Covid-19, but because the event was held during the week of the #mangaungshutdown.
“This gave us less time to practise, but at the end of the day, it was still a big success,” Barker said. She told Bloemfontein Courant that the winners were chosen by a panel of judges. These judges are all influential people who are involved in the pageant industry in and around Bloemfontein.
The judges gave every finalist a point out of 5 for each of the three rounds. The criteria included: confidence, interaction with the audience and the answering of questions throughout the rounds.
Barker also said the fact that the event was held outside made it possible for more people to attend. It also made it safer for everyone there.
“Furthermore, all the Covid-19 regulations were in place, such as the wearing of masks, social distancing, sanitising, temperature-taking and we also made use of a register where everyone had to sign in. We are very lucky that we were able to have this event during these difficult times. The finalists and the audience enjoyed it very much.”