Making your baby a winner at Washington County Fair

ST. GEORGE — The contests are in full swing at the Washington County Fair, and you’ve entered your baby in the annual baby contest. If your looks and your husband’s charm didn’t cinch things in the gene department, what can you do to secure a win?

Kathy Hurst, who has been with the fair for 10 years and whose oldest child previously won the baby contest, spoke about what the judges are looking for this year.

“Each year varies,” Hurst said. ” Usually, if the baby is more outgoing and more friendly to the princesses, those are usually who end up winning.”

To avoid favoritism, the county fair princesses do the judging since they do not have children of their own.

Hurst said she loves the baby contest and getting to see all the cute babies. Her three children are now grown, but as a young mother she put her own kids in the contest.

“I love the personality in a baby. The ones with the most personality end up doing well,” Hurst said. “We look forward to seeing everyone out at the fair and at the baby contest and hope everyone has a good time.”

Initial baby judging will take place Friday on the food court stage at the Washington County Fair from 9 a.m.-noon. Parents should bring their babies at the time assigned to them during registration. The finalists will be announced at noon on Saturday.

To enter a little one in the baby contest, there is a $10 fee, which includes a fair T-shirt. Between 100-150 babies are expected to compete this year.

At judging time, babies should be dressed in their fair T-shirts and will be allowed seven minutes in front of the judges. Boys and girls will be judged separately, and the age groups are categorized as follows:

  • 1-6 months
  • 7-12 months
  • 13-18 months
  • 19-24 months

After Friday’s competition, the parents of 48 finalists — the top babies in each category will be contacted by phone and asked to participate in Saturday’s contest. The final contest will take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday. At the end of Saturday’s contest, a winner will be announced.

Reporter Travis Romney and Assistant to the Editor Cami Cox Jim contributed to this report.

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  • Good Mission August 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    What? No latching on group public nursing events?

  • Other Fair Contests? August 8, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    This is the only fair contest/judging event you can report on? Doesn’t anyone do anything that is worthy of entering into the county fair other than pop out a bunch of babies to put in a contest? Just like girl scouts, 4-H seems to be a very sorry organization for Washington County.

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