Per Mariona Travers
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The election of the Queen of Sables-d’Olonne 2022 and her ambassadors begins. From this Monday, May 9, Internet users can give their vote to the candidate of their heart. People who want it Vote online until Friday, June 3 at 12:30 p.m. to do so by entering the website of the Sables Traditions association that organizes these elections.
Geoffrey Petit, the president, explains: “Online voting is under the control of a bailiff. It is authorized only one vote per email address, surname and first name. »
In 2021, 4,243 votes per internalt had been counted. An increasing number from edition to edition. These online votes will count for 30% of the total votes.
The gala evening on June 5 in the auditorium of Saint-Michel
Is the great return of the gala of the Queens. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 Queens election could not be held. In 2021 it took place behind closed doors.
If the gala is traditionally held over the Easter weekend, it is at Pentecost which this year gives an appointment to the public. “It simply came to our notice then. To be sure it could be carried out, we decided to postpone it to June, late last year. And since, at that time, the health situation was not yet at its best, we also chose to do a conventional show. The graduation party has been canceled“, Announces the president of Sables Traditions.
Another change in the organization of the gala des Reines: the place. Without a ball, the Atlante Convention Center no longer had a reason to exist. It is therefore towardsSant Miquel Auditorium that the choice of organizers turned.
We meet, then Sunday, June 5 at 9 pm in the auditorium. The program includes the presentation of the candidacies, a performance by girls from the Quadrille Sablais and musical interludes Group strength 5. “We maintain the tradition while bringing a more modern side to the election,” says Geoffrey Petit. Reservations to attend the evening are now open at the tourist office.
“We have set the ticket at 5 euros in order to bring as many young people as possible. »
In the hall, on the evening of the gala, the public will also be able to vote and these votes will account for 35% of the total.
Previously, the candidates will have gathered the election jury made up of local personalities. The votes of the jury have 35%.
The four candidates
There are four to look for the title of Queen of the Sands 2022. That’s half that last year. A small disappointment that Geoffrey Petit does not hide. He knows the reasons: “There is a big brake that we see: the girls are willing to run in the election but not to dance. The other thing that explains why we don’t have more female candidates is what a good number of associations know, that is, the commitment and time needed for such a mission. “
Still, Sables Traditions is optimistic.
“We hope to start again with a conventional year. There will be more outings than in the last two years marked by Covid. The queens will be seen more and this will no doubt make more girls want to wear the costume.”
The number 1 candidate is Ylana. He is 20 years old and lives in Sainte-Foy. He is a boiler apprentice at the Ocea company. He pays homage to his grandfather, who was a fisherman and who “wanted his granddaughters to take part in this competition rooted in Sablaise culture”.
The number 2 candidate is Laurie. He is 19 years old and lives in Les Sables-d’Olonne. She works as a house painter after being a florist and best medal apprentice. He hopes to be able to represent his city and pay tribute to his great-grandmother “who would be proud to see me dressed in Sablais costume.”
The number 3 candidate is Lilou. He is 16 years old. Born in Les Sables-d’Olonne, she lives near Brem-sur-Mer and attended the Savary-de-Mauléon Institute. She would like to be a vet. She is running for the Queen of Sands “for family tradition and to honor our local traditions.”
The number 4 candidate is Anaëlle. He is 18 years old and lives in Les Sables-d’Olonne. A graduate of a Bac Pro and a BEP in the field of personal services, she wants to embark on an early childhood CAP. She hopes to be able to wear the “magnificent dress of Sablais that represents my city” and thus pay tribute to her older brother who died very recently.
The four candidates will parade through the Remblai and different neighborhoods of Sables-d’Olonne on Sunday June 5 in the afternoon, a few hours before the gala.
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