Pretty Baby Contest helps wrap up county fair
Hayden — Babies from around the county found time between diaper changes and naps Sunday to compete in an array of categories in the annual Pretty Baby Contest at the Routt County Fair.
Categories ranged from “chubbiest cheeks” and “best dressed for the rodeo” to inventive awards, such as “sleepiest” and “looks most like daddy,” to ensure all babies were winners at least once during the morning event.
“It’s really hard to decide, because they’re all so cute,” said Jess Diehl, incoming 2017 Routt County Fair Queen, who was one of three judges for the event.
Craig mother Amanda Boswell came dressed in a pink shirt, overalls and brown boots, as did her 13-month old daughter, Shaylee Demean, who also sported short blond pigtails.
The duo tied for best “dressed alike” pair, along with mother and daughter Lilly Whitaker and 5-month-old Isabelle Rose Whitaker, from Steamboat Springs, who sported pink bandana bows on their heads and matching jean skirts.
“The fair is such a family oriented activity, and this is a way to get the little short ones involved,” said Tena Frentress, who acted as superintendent and emcee for the event.
Frentress said that, thanks to sponsor Mountain Valley Bank, every baby was able to take home a prize, a plastic piggy bank.
Claire Corriveau, 23 months old, was competing in the contest for the second time, though her dad, Ed Corriveau, couldn’t remember what award she took home last year.
“We just like participating in the fair and all the events,” Corriveau said.
This year, Claire was awarded “best western boots,” for her pink John Deere boots, and prettiest baby in the 18-month to 3-year-old category.
Bridget Roth brought her 15-month-old son, Rowan Julius Roth, to the contest after learning about it when she entered two quilts in the Home Arts Exhibit.
“I thought, I have a cute baby,” said Roth, who lives in Steamboat. “It just seemed like a fun thing to do.”
Rowan was awarded best hair for his curly brown locks.
Sunday was the final day of the 2016 Routt County Fair.
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