This beauty contest takes place in spring.
It is held by Nedelia Info local weekly newspaper.
The final event takes place in the city leisure center in April.
The young ladies get a title of Miss Fascination and Vice Miss Fascination and different prizes. Here is a video of the winners of 2010. Olga Timofeyeva (No.7) became the beauty queen of Antratsit in the spring of 2010.
Miss Fascination of Antratsit
Contestants of Miss Fascination-2010
It has long been a tradition, and this city is not an exception, to build such Honor Boards in our cities where you can see the pictures of the best workers and employees of the city who were decorated with different orders and medals for their labor or got many prizes and diplomas.
This Board of Honor is called The City Is Proud of Them.
It is located in Rostov Street not far from the main square – Lenin Square.
Like in many towns and cities of Ukraine and Russia, there is a Chernobyl memorial in Antratsit.
It is located in Glory Square next to the Afghan War memorial.
The monument was dedicated in 1996.
You can see black steel rails coming out from the ground.
These black rails support a bell and the Ukrainian Emergency Service cross with an inscription You have saved the planet
The coat-of-arms of Antratsit County and represents a shield adorned with a blue-and-yellow ribbon.
The upper part of the shield is crimson and the lower one is green. The crimson field symbolizes the county’s belonging to the territories of the Calmius Regiment of the New Ukrainian Cossacks Army and the green color is the symbol of the ”Wild Field" – the name attributed to the entire area of Luhansk region two or three hundred years ago.
You can see a cart wheel in the center of the shield. The wheel has eight golden spikes. The wheel symbolizes old roads that crossed this county for ages: Bakhmut Road and Tchoomak Road (“tchoomak” was a Ukrainian ox-cart driver).
Three eight-point stars on the green field have a black filling inside that denotes coal – the chief mineral resource of the area. The number of stars – three – represents three coalmining cities of the area – Antratsit, Rovenki and Krasny Looch.
The ribbon has the colors of the Ukrainian national flag and is adorned with berries of the snowball-tree – one of the national symbols – with its leaves.
There is an inscription in the lower part of the ribbon: 1938 - the year when the county was formed.
There is another inscription above the shield. It reads, Antratsit County.
The flag and the coat-of-arms were approved by the County Council on February 23, 2003.
There are thirteen clubs in Antratsit all in all, the central one being Lenin City Palace of Culture – the city/county leisure center.
There are dozens of amateur activities clubs and ensembles, among them seven have been awarded with the title People’s Ensemble and four ensembles were awarded with the title Exemplary Ensemble, among them
Smile Ballet Dance Academy
The Exemplary Smile Ballet Dance Academy is based at the leisure center.
The Ballet Academy bears the name of Siegmund Nelipovich, its first leader.
The director of the leisure center took me around and showed me the room where the academy students study and practise ballet and dance.
Since Antratsit is a coalmining city, there are several monuments dedicated to coalminers.
I admired all of them.
I saw the first one in Rostov Street at the entrance to the coalmining administration.
You can see the statue of a half-naked coalminer holding a huge piece of anthracite, which would hardly be possible in real life for it would be too heavy to lift.
To my mind, the most impressive monument to a coalminer is located at the foot of Lenin monument that is located in front of the city council building. Here you can see the figure of a proud coalminer with a jacket over his shoulder. He must have returned from his shift in the coalmine and is now pondering about his future.
This impressive statue would be a great background for your memory picture of Antratsit.
I saw one more work dedicated to coalminers. It stands on the first floor of the local history museum at 14 Lenin Street. It reperesents a young coalminer and his girlfriend talking about their life.
There is a place where the local residents can come with five-liter plastic bottles and fill them with first-class artesian water.
The station is located in front of the old Lenin monument and the leisure center.