The 11th annual Cassville Democrat First Baby Contest will soon be underway in Barry County.
Each year, the Cassville Democrat, with the help of area business sponsors, awards the family of the first baby born in Barry County with several new-baby gifts.
This year, 14 area businesses will celebrate the birth of Barry County's first baby of 2006.
The list of sponsors and gifts include: a supply of diapers from Security Bank; a $50 savings account from Freedom Bank; a surprise package from First Baptist Church; a baby ring from Tomblin's Jewelry; a $50 savings bond from First State Bank; baby's first teddy bear from Designs by Debbie; a $50 gift certificate from Bank of Seligman; baby's first haircut from The Mane Station; a $25 gift certificate from Wal-Mart; special baby gifts from Chez Notre; a $100 savings bond from Commerce Bank; a porcelain tooth fairy collectible and a treasure box from Cassville Dental; a surprise baby gift from St. John's Hospital-Cassville; and a baby book and a year's subscription from Cassville Democrat.
The first baby born after midnight on Dec. 31, 2005, will be crowned the First Baby Contest winner. The winning baby's parents must reside in Barry County.
The winner will receive a notarized certificate to present to all participating sponsors and a photo of Barry County's first baby will be published in the Cassville Democrat.
In the event of a tie, the First Baby Contest winner will be determined by a random drawing.
To enter the First Baby Contest bring or mail a postcard with the parents' names, address, telephone number; baby's name; and the date, time and place of the baby's birth to: First Baby contest, Cassville Democrat, P.O. Box 486, Cassville MO 65625.