By Annie Griffith
TROY — Hopefully all the babies that turned out for Sunday’s Diaper Derby at the Troy Strawberry Festival had loads of fun.
The derby, held on Center Stage, brought families from Troy and surrounding cities to the levee to compete for fun and prizes.
Before the races began, there was a costume contest. The winner of the contest was 7 month-old Autumn Carey, whose father won the contest twenty five years ago. The winner was dressed as a festive strawberry herself.
The races were judged by Strawberry Festival Queen Jasmeen Gill and her queen’s court.
The babies in each heat were required to start behind a line on one side of the course and crawl to the other side. In order for a baby to win, they had to have at least one hand cross the finish line.
The babies used many methods to get across the finish line. Some babies crawled, some hopped on their knees, and some even rolled. Their parents, or what their parents were holding, was the childrens’ motivation to cross the finish line.
The final race saw all winners from previous heats race to the finish line together. The babies raced to their parents on the other side of the course — but there could only be one winner.
Ten-month-old Malone Lock from West Milton crossed the finish line first, and the family was awarded a $40 gift card to Kohl’s.
Ian Martin, 9 months, of Sidney, was awarded second place, earning a $30 gift card to Kohl’s.
One-year-old Luke Cornerstone of Piqua was awarded a $25 Kohl’s gift card for crossing the finish line for third place.
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