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Beautiful babies being sought for Mt. Pleasant festival contest

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 6:16 p.m.
Marilyn Forbes | For Thie Independent-Observer
Baby contest coordinator Cindy Murdock affixes names to bear jars for the upcoming Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival event.

The annual baby contest held at the Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival gives parents, grandparents and family members the perfect opportunity to showcase their little ones.

Photos of babies for the contest are being accepted now through Friday.

Long time event sponsors Frock Child Care will be conducting the contests.

“It's nice to be involved in the community and be involved with the kids,” Frock Child Care owner Charlene Frock said.

The contest has now been going on for many years and the participation varies each year.

“One year we had 33 and the next year we may have had 11, but the number of entries does not necessarily reflect on the amount of money we make,” Frock Child care employee and event coordinator Cindy Murdock said. “One year we only had a couple entries but we still raised $1,700.”

The contest is set up to have each photo displayed separately with an accompanying bear jar that will has the babies' names.

People who wish to vote for a particular photo can contribute money to that corresponding jar and the baby who raises the most money will be announced as the winner.

The winning entry will receive a $50 gift card and a Cozy Coupe. The second-place winner will receive a Cozy Coupe and an educational toy and the third-place winner will receive a Cozy Coupe.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival's Children's Fund that helps children in need in the area with illness costs, emergency situations and at Christmas time by supplies gifts to families who are struggling.

“We work with the Mt. Pleasant elementary schools and they give us names of families and children then we go and purchase gifts,” Murdock said. “These people are always so appreciative and it makes us feel good to be able to help this way.”

The money for the contest will be collected starting on Sept. 27 at the festival and will be collected until Sept. 29/

The winner of the contest will be announced at 1:45 p.m., prior to the stroller parade.

Parents or guardians of babies whose photos are entered in the contest have the option to decorate the strollers for a special parade through the festival grounds.

“This is not a contest, just another way for them to show off their babies and the decorated strollers,” Murdock said.

Glass and Ethnic Festival committee member Marie Dawson said the stroller parade is always a popular attraction.

“People just love the stroller parade,” Dawson said. “These parents really go all out to decorate and it's always a fun time.”

Entries will be accepted through Friday and forms can be obtained at the Mt. Pleasant Borough Building or by calling Frock Child Care at 724-547-2531.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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