The three day event starting on Thursday will have contestants representing Tongareva, Manihiki, Palmerston, Pukapuka, Takitumu, Enuamanu (Atiu) and Aitutaki.
Four of the contestants are from Australia, one from New Zealand and the remaining two are from the Cook Islands.
They are Miss Enuamanu Lydia Tariu Simonis, Miss Tongareva Porau Soatini, Miss Palmerston Bianca Barone, Miss Manihiki Rosemarie Trego, Miss Aitutaki Cathleen Enoka, Miss Takitumu Rititia Sellars and Miss Pukapuka, Ernestina Bonsu–Maro.
Reigning queen Felicia George said the biennial pageant will start with the talent show on Thursday night followed by private judging on Friday. The final judging and the crowning will be held on Saturday.
She said with contestants of Cook Islands descent coming from Australia, New Zealand and Rarotonga, organisers expected stiff competition for the crown.
“The final day on Saturday will be exciting. We will have our beachwear section, evening gown section, stage question and of course the crowning.
“Tickets are on sale now and you can get them from TAVs or Tarani Crafts.
We have tickets ranging from $5 to $50, selling in children, general admission, reserves and VIP categories.
“Please come and support our girls representing all the different islands at this year’s pageant.”
Apart from the ultimate prize – the crown, and the bragging rights, the top two from this year’s pageant will get a chance to represent the Cook Islands at the Miss Pacific Pageant in Fiji and Miss Asia Pacific International in Philippines.
Miss Aitutaki Village Tania Bishop, who won Miss Pre-Pageant Interview and was third runner-up as Miss Purotu in the 2015 event, will represent the country at the Miss Continental event in November this year.
All overseas-based contestants to this year’s event are expected to arrive into Rarotonga this weekend.