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Evert Crain is all smiles, after winning the Grand Champion overall on July 9 during the Mark Twain Old Threshers Baby Show at the Paris Fairgrounds.

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.

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Hadley Porter, of Monroe City participates in the contest with her mom, Danica.

Crain lit up the atmosphere with his bright blue eyes and cheerful smile, as he held up his trophy with delight.

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Alani Isgn’g, daughter of Mallory Embree, of Perry, accepts her first place trophy at the 19-24 months MTOT Baby Contest on July 9.

Crain is a previous MTOT Baby Show winner in years prior and knew how to capture the judge’s eyes.


Cambria Chapman, Monroe City smiles for the judges at the MTOT.

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.

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Marcy Michel with Elli Miller, of Paris and

Becky Blackaby with Beau Blackaby, of Paris.

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.

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Lexie Charlick with Raelynn Woodruff, of Paris and R.J.A. with Molly Crain, of Holliday

Two Monroe City men brought home the Cornhole Tournament trophy with Randy Wilson and Andre White taking First Place.

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Kayonna Reynolds, of Vandalia and Brantley Wilt, of Paris.

The weekend includes tournaments, pony pulls, tractor pulls, a parade, vendors, camping, fish fry, live music and children’ activities.

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Kaitlyn Turner with Isabelle Turner, of Paris and Katelyn Breib with Maverick Breib, of Paris.

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.

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Evert Crain, of Holliday and Aralynn Willard, of Monroe City.

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