Finalists Selected for the Oyster Pearl

Carlingford Oyster Festival is expected to shortly announce the 12 finalists contending in the Morgan Fine Fish Oyster Pearl competition 9th – 12th August 2012.  Over 26 lovely girls entered the competition and the word on the street is that the selection process was not easy. 
The ‘Pearl Girl’ finalists will enjoy four days of festival participation and fun activities, creating a buzz as they go and experience some local fame by the end of it.
The Pearls will remain in the capable hands of Angela Mc Quaid throughout who carries a wealth of experience and will be a tremendous resource to the ‘luvly’ ladies.  The girlies will be directed by Angela as to where they should be and when, right up to the finale night in the Four Seasons Hotel when the Morgan’s Fine Fish Carlingford Oyster Pearl 2012 will be crowned, receiving €1000 cash, 1 years membership in the Four Seasons Hotel Carlingford and a beautiful pearl necklace sponsored by Campbell Jewellers Dundalk.   
Although the core guideline to the competitors is – ‘Be yourself, get to know each other and have fun’ – every €1000 has to be earned…someway…
Therefore there are a few tasks set out for the Pearl Girls beginning with an interview by Big O at the opening of the festival on Thursday night in The Carlingford Arms. If a girl can get a word in there they’re off to a good start. 
An Oyster Festival needs to have the best of oysters and the pearls will be expected to do their bit to feed the thousands that will descend on the village over the weekend. So you may catch them getting down and dirty at Carlingford Oyster Company’s farm along the shores of Carlingford Lough on Friday afternoon before scrubbing up to strut their stuff at the festival Fashion show at the Four Seasons Hotel that evening.
Saturday will see the big boots and bling come out and head out to play in the muck with the kiddies at the Welly Oyster Pearl Hunt. The next assignment will offer an opportunity for the girlies to be creative as they glamour up a fluffy four legged friend for the best ‘wool’ design tutored by one of Ireland’s award winning sheep shearers. The pre event training for this particular mission has already begun and one pearl girl discovered to her dismay that it would take more than some Veet and a razor to make any progress here.  

Kleenex has an important role in the competition as high scores will go to the girl who uses the least amount to remove her make up and discover the hidden pearl.  
Other tasks include storytelling at the Teddy Bears picnic, random live radio interviews, kitchen help at the cookery demonstrations but the Biggie will be at the Oyster Eating competition where the genuine pearls will be separated from the fake ones for sure!   Spitting is deemed un- luvly-lady-like so therefore any of this may mean disqualification.
So it sounds like the most important quality in the Carlingford Oyster Pearl will be… A sense of humour..!


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