By Lindsay Reed
The Cassville Democrat and local businesses are gearing up for the newspaper's 18th annual First Baby Contest. The first baby born in Barry County in 2013 will win a bundle of gifts.
Each year, the Cassville Democrat, with the help of nearly a dozen local business sponsors, awards a bounty of prizes to the family of the first child born in the county in 2013.
This year's sponsors and gifts include: a $50 gift card from Fastrip; a blanket from Whitley Pharmacy; a $50 savings bond from First State Bank; a surprise package from the Cassville First Baptist Church; special gifts from Tomblin's, Freedom Bank, Barry Electric Cooperative, Designs by Debbie, Walmart, Ball and Prier Tire and Security Bank; and a baby book and one-year free newspaper subscription from the Cassville Democrat.
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.
The First Baby Contest winner will receive a notarized certificate to present to all participating sponsors. A photo of the 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. The winning baby's parents must reside in Barry County.