Small smiles on display at annual Baby Parade

Playful music pumped through the loud speakers as small children walked, bounced, and strolled through the Arthur Maytum Family Theater Thursday at the Chautauqua County Fair.

Melenny Farnsworth brought her daughter, Kaidence, age 16 months, for the second time.

“It is something nice to do,” she said. “There isn’t much for kids her age to do here.”

Returning judges Mary Ellen Dayton, Martha Woolley, and Sylvia Pisa along with newcomer Steve Schmidt had a difficult time judging the contestants this year.

Babies (with adult assistance) have to hold up their assigned numbers and walk three times in a circle for the judges.

The Mistress of Ceremonies kicks it off with some lively children’s music and assures the parents and grandparents this is a fair contest.

“There is no favoritism here,” she said. “All we go by is the numbers you hold up, and afterwards we match the numbers with the names of the babies to determine the winners.”

Families cheered in the stands as parents and grandparents slowly paraded the little ones in circles for the judges.

Every winner received a $25 check and a gift bag. There were six categories, but a tie for most masculine resulted in seven winners.

“IT was a tough job to do this year,” Schmidt said. “They were all cute babies.”

Holdan Goodwill, 11- months of Jamestown and Skyler Stoll of Perrysburg won Most Masculine. Second – time winner Trevor Lincoln of Jamestown was awarded Most Friendly. Maviah Doner of Salamanca captured Best Smile. Madison Griswold of Sherman was voted Most Feminine. Talia Fanara, 18 months, of Gerry took the prize for Most Mischievous. Logan Zambotti, of Fredonia was named Most Serious.

The Goodwills joined many other parents in being first-timers at the Baby Parade. The Fanaras heard about the parade at the last minute, and decided to join up.

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