WITH only days remaining to the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival, excitement in the Capital City is building up.
And the Hibiscus Events Group has incorporated a new category where Queen contestants will be have to showcase their sarong wear as part of the first public judging next week.
HEGI public relations manager Lice Movono-Rova said the contestants would model their own variations in the new category.
"In the sarong category, contestants will be expected to model their own variation of the sarong or as we call it in Fiji, the sulu vatoga.
"The contestants will also be judged on their creative flair, or rather the creative flair of their fashion designers as they take three yards of bula fabric to create a sarong without using the sewing machine to make a garment.
"Contestants will only be allowed to use sea shells, coconut shells and other Pacific ornaments to fasten the fabric to themselves as they model the outfit on stage."
Mrs Movono-Rova said this would be the first time for the festival to have a swim wear category.
Adding on she said the HEGI was passionate about Fiji's involvement at international pageants and they valued the girl's participation at the Miss South Pacific Pageant (MSSP).
"We started our Miss South Pacific campaign early by ensuring the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival itself is a training ground for Miss Fiji to MSPP.
"We have included for the first time this year, some new categories which are normal MSPP categories which Hibiscus didn't have in the past."