* 49 compete in Old Settlers Baby Contests
Winners in the 2009 Bowling Green Old Settlers Picnic Little Miss Contest included (from left) second runner-up Arian Michael, daughter of J.R. and Becky Michael, first runner-up Kaley Phillippe, daughter of B.J. and Beth Phillippe, and 2009 Little Miss Kennedy Langley, daughter of Dustin and Elaine Langley. [Order this photo]
BOWLING GREEN -- A total of 49 little ones took part in the 2009 Bowling Green Old Settlers Picnic baby contests Saturday.
The contest offered six categories, including 0-6-month-old, 7-12-month-old, 13-18-month-old, 19-24-month-old, Toddler and Little Miss.
Nine-month-old Harmony Payne hams it up for the camera prior to the 2009 Bowling Green Old Settlers Picnic Baby Contest. Harmony is the daughter of Joseph and Ivy Payne, Brazil. [Order this photo]
Coordinators Susie Thomas and Missy Norder have organized the contest for three years now.
"They've been doing this for 25 years," Thomas said.
"Usually they're waiting on us," Norder added.
Norder said of all the contests, the Little Miss category is typically the most popular.
"They tend to have more because they're older," she said.
There is no entry fee for the contests. Thomas said having no entry fee generally means more people are entering their children.
"It's real good natured," Thomas said. "It brings a lot of people in."
Winners in the 2009 Bowling Green Old Settlers Picnic 19-24-month-old Baby Contest included (from left) Mason Bowman, son of Arial and Matthew Bowman (Prettiest Eyes), Holden Graves, son of Jason and Erin Graves (Prince), Eli Wardlow, son of Gary and Samantha Wardlow (Prettiest Smile), and Payton Myers, daughter of Kevin and Misty Myers (Princess).
Thomas added throughout the years, she's seen several familiar faces, bringing their children back to the contests.
Winners in the 2009 Bowling Green Old Settlers Picnic 7-12-month-old Baby Contest included (from left) Jaxton Lafary, son of Darrell Lafary and Danielle Johanningsmeier (Prince), Cloe Butcher, daughter of Billie Butcher (Prettiest Eyes), Rylee Moore, daughter of Erin and Michael Moore (Prettiest Smile), and Amy Smith, daughter of Melissa Gleeener (Princess).
"There's probably a dozen you see year after year," she said. "Of course, with the babies, you always see the new ones."
Thomas added the contest is offered to Clay County residents only. However, they do allow children from some areas of Owen County come to compete.
Winners in the 2009 Bowling Green Old Settlers Picnic 0-6-month-old Baby Contest included (from left) Caleigh Davis, daughter of Adam and Carrie Davis (Prettiest Smile), Ayden Hardman, son of Casey and Heather Hardman (Prettiest Eyes), Dylan Royer, son of Shawn and Sarah Royer (Prince), and Ellie Stoelting, daughter of Nathan and Bethany Stoelting (Princess).
Several area businesses also offered free packages for the contest winners, including Terre Haute Savings Bank, Teacher's Credit Union, Owen Community Bank, Owen County State Bank, Riddell National Bank, YMCA of Clay County, YMCA of Owen County, J.C.P. Portraits, Sears Portraits, Harper Studios, Walmart and Movie Gallery.
Winners in the 2009 Bowling Green Old Settlers Picnic Toddler Contest included (from left) Jace Deakins, son of Michael and Carrie Deakins (Prettiest Eyes), Clayton Rector, son of Joshua and Shelly Rector (Prince), Macie Hardman, daughter of Casey and Heather Hardman (Princess), and Madison Shorter, daughter of Jon and Emily Shorter (Prettiest Smile).
Winners in the 2009 Bowling Green Old Settlers Picnic 13-18-month-old Baby Contest included (from left) Journey Wilkinson, daughter of Josh Wilksinson and Sarah Rhemel (Prettiest Smile), Porter Jones, son of Amy and Jeremy Jones (Prince), Daylin Miller, daughter of Paula Sturgis and Michael Miller (Princess), and Laila Albers, daughter of Nathan and Ashley Albers (Prettiest Eyes).