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Candidates needed for Miss Maquina contest

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As of this past Wednesday, Melissa Chapina was the lone candidate for the Miss Maquina title to be awarded at this year's Sunnyside Cinco de Mayo celebration. Maquina Musical is hoping more Lower Yakima Valley residents between the ages of 16 and 26 will sign up by next Tuesday.

A meeting for all young ladies interested in competing for the first-ever Miss Maquina title was held this past Wednesday, but only one contestant, Melissa Chapina, made a showing.

One other young lady is signed up for the contest, but it is unknown whether or not her parents will allow her to compete.

The purpose of the meeting, shared Silvia Alvarez of Maquina Musical radio station, was to explain the process of competing in the contest, which is open to Lower Yakima Valley residents.

The Miss Maquina contest is sponsored by her radio station and is being held in the absence of Sunnyside's Miss Cinco de Mayo pageant.

Contestants for the title must be between the ages of 16 and 26. The focus of the contest is to educate the community on the reason the Mexican culture celebrates Cinco de Mayo, shared Alvarez.

She said candidates will be judged on their knowledge of the history of the celebration.

"Miss Maquina will educate the community and serve as an educational representative of the radio station," Alvarez continued.

Each candidate is provided with a package of ideas and must familiarize themselves with the history of Cinco de Mayo. They will be judged on personal presentations, and candidates will need to provide judges with a short biography presentation.

Sunnyside is expecting to have more than 30,000 people in attendance at this year's Cinco de Mayo celebration, Alvarez noted.

Miss Maquina will be expected to join the personalities on the stage at Sunnyside's Centennial Square Saturday, May 1.

Contestants will have been judged the day before. The coronation ceremony will be Friday, April 30.

Miss Maquina's duties will also include trophy presentations at the Charro competition Sunday, May 2.

"Miss Maquina must be present during the Cinco de Mayo festivities as a representative of the radio station, but she may be notified of other events sponsored by the radio station," Alvarez explained.

The contestants are expected to wear a dress while competing and at all public appearances. "Wear a dress that suits you. We want to keep it simple and affordable...formal wear is not a requirement," explained the radio station representative.

"We want this to be an experience you will remember for the rest of your life."

In addition to the Cinco de Mayo celebration, Miss Maquina will be introduced at a dance exclusively set up for the winner Saturday, May 15. The event will be at Navarro's Community Center in Sunnyside and tickets are available at the cost of $10.

Candidates for the Miss Maquina title are to sell tickets to community members, and they will be awarded bonus points at the competition based on the number of tickets for the dance that are sold.

"More tickets will be available at the door, but they will cost extra," shared Alvarez.

That event is set for May 15 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Maquina Musical is accepting applications from potential candidates for the Miss Maquina crown through next Tuesday, April 27.

Those interested can contact Alvarez at 509-834-8983 for applications or more information.

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