For the 14th year in a row, the Cassville Democrat, in conjunction with 18 participating business sponsors, will celebrate the arrival of the "First Baby of 2009."
Barry County's first baby and his or her parents will receive a bounty of gifts donated by sponsoring businesses.
This year's list of gifts and sponsors includes: a baby gift from Hutchens Construction; a baby ring from Tombin's Jewelry and Gifts; a $50 savings bond from First State Bank; a vehicle safety check up from Country Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep; a surprise package from First Baptist Church of Cassville; a special baby surprise from Penmac; a surprise gift from St. John's Hospital-Cassville; a $25 gift certificate from Cassville Walmart; a $50 gift card from Fastrip; a special gift from Barry Electric; a supply of disposable diapers from Security Bank; a $25 gift certificate from Whitley's Pharmacy; a $50 savings bond from Freedom Bank; a $25 gift certificate from Chez Notre; a special gift from Art Gallery and Studios in Cassville; dinner for two at May's Homestyle Meals; and a scrapbook and one year's subscription from the Cassville Democrat.
* The first baby born after midnight on Dec. 31, 2008, whose parents reside in Barry County shall be declared the winner.
* To enter the contest bring or mail in a postcard with name, address and phone number along with the baby's name and the date, time and place of the birth to: First Baby Contest, Cassville Democrat, P.O. Box 486, Cassville MO 65625.
* The date and time of the birth will be verified with the hospital where the baby is delivered.
* In the event of a tie, a drawing will be held to determine the winner.
The winner will be given a notarized certificate to be presented to all participating sponsors for gift redemption.