Deadline nearing for Cutest Baby Contest

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New babies, proud parents and new grandparents beware!

The Crescent-News' annual Cutest Baby Contest is now underway.

The deadline to submit your favorite photos of your child or grandchild to The Crescent-News is nearing.

Monday, Jan. 7, is the final day to submit baby photos for the contest, in which readers vote for the area's cutest newcomer.

Each of the babies entered will also have his or her photo published in The Crescent-News' Smiling Faces edition which will be published Feb. 22.

The cost of entry is $18 and covers the cost of publication in the Smiling Faces Edition as well as entry into the contest.

The first round of voting will begin Wednesday, Jan. 9, and conclude on Monday, Jan. 21. Second-round voting will be from Jan. 23-Feb. 4. Final round voting then begins on Wednesday, Feb. 6, and ends Monday, Feb. 18.

The baby that receives the most votes assumes the Cutest Baby title. Photos of the entrants can be seen online and voting can be done at www.crescent-news.com at a cost of 50 cents per vote. Votes can also be placed by mail (see ads with voting forms in upcoming newspaper editions) or at The Crescent-News office.

The winning baby will receive $1,000 and have his or her photo featured on the cover of the Smiling Faces section. The second-place vote-getter will be awarded $500 and the third-place winner earns $250. Photos of the second- and third-place winners will also be published on the inside cover of the Smiling Faces edition. The entrant receiving the most votes in round two will also receive a free 16x20 family portrait from Rod Brown Photography, Defiance.

Twelve entrants will also have their photos reproduced in a glossy 2013 Cutest Baby Calendar. Photos of the three entrants receiving the most votes in each of the rounds will be featured, as long as their photos are of adequate quality. (Any baby that finishes in the top three in more than one round will be included once. Photos of three (or more) babies will be selected by The Crescent-News from among all entries.

Proceeds from the voting are used to support The Crescent-News' Newspaper in Education program which supplies newspapers to area classrooms.

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