Visitors of all ages enjoyed a fun filled weekend attending the Mark Twain Old Threshers (MTOT) in Paris over the past weekend. On Friday evening, the Baby Contest showed off an abundance of cuteness for those in attendance to see. Named Grand Champion was five-year-old Evert Crain, of Holliday. Crain was accompanied by his parents, Jeff and Molly Crain for the evening’s festivities.
Crain lit up the atmosphere with his bright blue eyes and cheerful smile, as he held up his trophy with delight.
Crain is a previous MTOT Baby Show winner in years prior and knew how to capture the judge’s eyes.
There were six age group divisions for the contest. Each age group was announced and parents were asked to bring their babies forward with their number for the judges to see. Each category had one first place winner for the boys and the girls. After the contest ended, each first-place winner was asked to come forward again for the judges to choose a grand champion.
The MTOT Baby Contest Winners in this year’s show included: 0-6 Months-Elli Miller, of Paris and Beau Blackaby, of Paris; 7-12 Months-Raelynn Woodruff, of Paris and R.J.A., of Holliday; 13-18 Months-Isabelle Turner, of Paris and Maverick Breib, of Paris; 19-24 Months-Alani Isgn’g, of Perry; 25-35 Months-Kayonna Reynolds, of Vandalia and Brantley Wilt, of Paris; and 3-5 years-Aralynn Willard, of Monroe City and Evert Crain, of Holliday.
Two Monroe City men brought home the Cornhole Tournament trophy with Randy Wilson and Andre White taking First Place.
The weekend includes tournaments, pony pulls, tractor pulls, a parade, vendors, camping, fish fry, live music and children’ activities.
This year concluded the fifty-second year for the MTOT to take place and featured the John Deere tractor and gas engine, along with the Chevrolet automobile.