The baby show, organized by Christy Taylor, started at 11 a.m. with Alderman Jason Osborn announcing the event at St. Jude’s Park on July 4, after the parade. Despite the rain, the contest was well attended and packed the park with contestants. The contest consisted of six divisions for girls and boys. Each division was awarded a first place trophy, second place ribbon and third place ribbon, along with a children’s storybook. The babies entered, stood in the gazebo for the contest in front of a panel of three judges.
For the 0-3-month division were first place, Harley Griggs, daughter of Dylan & Libby Griggs and Kade Adams son of Brandon & Jennifer Adams, second place was awarded to Ariya Timbrook daughter of Saylor & Tiffany Timbrook and Alexander Pugh son of Merri & Treavor Pugh. The third place winner in the girls’ division was Isabella Hendrix daughter of Wes & Katy Hendrix. There were only two boys entered in this division.
In the 3-6-month division receiving first place was Za’Vayah Murphy daughter of Antoinae Murphy and Kaleb McQuaid son of Kara & Scott McQuaid. These were the only babies entered in this division.
For the 6-12-month division, Hadlea Porter daughter of Danica Vaughn & Jordan Porter and Kohen Knight son of Charline & Scott Knight, received first place. Second place was awarded to Lydia Taft daughter of Hannah & Trey Taft and tied in the boys’ contest for second place was Hy’Keem Sparkman son of Lakenan Treaster & Randy Sparkman and Noah Bainter son of Dalton & Taylor Bainter. In third place the girls tied with Josie Carter daughter of James Earl & Jessie Carter and Pippa Wiseman daughter of Todd & Monique Wiseman and Wyatt Rubemeyer son of Tera & Logan Rubemeyer.
The 12-18-month division winners of first place were Harper Herron daughter of Wesley & Jennifer Herron and Beckett Elston son of Greg & Erika Elston. Second place was tied in the girls with LouElla Cannady daughter of Keenan & Brittnee Cannady and A’Meelah Taylor daughter of Zach & Katerra Taylor
and Daxton Hays son of Will & Ashley Hays. Third place was awarded to Emilia Burkhart daughter of Kegan & Haylee Burkhart. There were only two boys entered into this age division.
In the 18-24-month division first place winners were Wren Williams daughter of Brad & Lindsay Williams and Westley Rubemeyer son of Tera & Logan Rubemeyer, second place was awarded to Xena Walker daughter of Chris & Haley Walker and third place was received by Avery Baker daughter of Amanda Copenhaver and Jason Baker. There was only one boy for this division.
In the 24-36-month division first place winners were Derrick Walker daughter of Chris & Haley Walker and Sully Wiseman son of Todd & Monique Wiseman, second place was awarded to Vera Lewis daughter of James & Monica Lewis and Ace Craven son of Jamie & Bradly Craven and third place was received by both Carter Simms daughter of Mika Zeiger & Austin Simms and Alivia Kestner daughter of Andrew & Alicia Kestner. There were only two boys for this division.
After the age division contests were over, the most Patriotic Girl and Boy winners were chosen for ages 0-36 months. This year Vera Lewis daughter of James & Monica Lewis and Kaleb McQuaid son of Kara & Scott McQuaid placed first, in second place was LouElla Cannady daughter of Keenan & Brittnee Cannady and Sully Wiseman son of Todd & Monique Wiseman and placing third were Lydia Taft daughter of Hannah & Trey Taft and Avaya Velasquez daughter of Ciara Ronimous
with a tie and Alexander Pugh son of Merri & Treavor Pugh.
After the baby contest, the Fourth of July brought a new category to the stage for Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker for children aged 3-4 years old and Junior Miss and Mr. Firecracker for children aged 5-6 years old. The contest consisted of a series of questions for the contestants to answer. The winners of these contests won medals, sashes, hats and tierras.
The Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker winners were: First place- Oaklyn Johnson daughter of Patrick & Brittany Johnson and August Kendrick son of Paige Eckert & Keaton Kendrick; Second place- Aaralynn Willard daughter of Richard & Amy Willard and Jeffery Kendrick son of Karen & Matt Kendrick; and Third place- Anna Pennewell daughter of Olivia Pennewell & Taylor Birt and Keethan Joiner son of Lisa Joiner.
The Junior Miss and Mr. Firecracker winners were: First place- Charli Lain daughter of Kenny & Crystal Lain and Weston Willard son of Richard & Amy Willard; Second place- Ki› Ariah Ketsenburg daughter of Blair Joiner & Ronnie Ketsenburg and Owen Mudd son of CJ & Desiree Mudd; and Third place- Ki› Liah Ketsenburg daughter of Blair Joiner & Ronnie Ketsenburg and Boe Timbrook son Saylor & Tiffany Timbrook.