Baby pageant to help include married students in festivities

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    By LINDSAY ANN PEDERSEN

    Over a hundred babies and their parents are expected to fill the Garden Court in the Ernest L. Wilkinson Center Oct. 7, each hoping to catch the judges’ eye in the Second Annual Homecoming Baby Pageant.

    Baby pageant program director Anne Morris, a sophomore from Pocatello, Idaho, said the pageant is part of homecoming week to involve the married students of BYU.

    “Sometimes Homecoming Week includes only the single student. This gives the married students a chance to participate,” Morris said.

    The competition will begin at 6 p.m. but contestant check-in is at 5:15 p.m. It is open to children of students, faculty and alumni up to the age of three.

    There will be seven categories in the pageant including Best Hair/No Hair for 0-18 months old, Best Hair/No Hair for 18 months to three years old, Chubbiest Cheeks, Spirit of the Y, Baby Tricks for 18 months to three years old, Cutest Crawl and Cutest Waddle.

    Two professors from the Family Science Department and two students will judge the contest and award first and second prizes for each category. However, everyone entering the pageant will receive a certificate and a sticker.

    “We want everyone to go home with something. We don’t want a kid to think, ‘Why is she cuter than me?'” Morris said.

    First place winners will receive a $15 gift certificate to the University Mall and second place winners will receive a $10 gift certificate.

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