The annual Mount Tabor Church Big Picnic, Tractor Parade, and Baby Show was held on Saturday, August 13, at Mt. Tabor Park in Rocky Ridge. 

A total of 43 babies—26 girls and 17 boys—participated in the show. The youngest baby was nine-day-old Rhett Young, son of McKaila Himes and David Young of Taneytown. Mathan and Eliana Reynolds, 10-month-old twin son and daughter of Jeremiah and Valerie Reynolds of Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania, were the only twins in the show (of note is the meaning of the babies’ names: Mathan means gift from God, and Eliana means God heard my cry). Two-week-old William Burrier and his 20-month-old sister, Ryleigh Burrier, son and daughter of Butch and Sarah Burrier, traveled the farthest distance from Charlotte, North Carolina! Babies placed in three categories: prettiest girl, cutest boy, and chubbiest baby (in five age categories, from 1 day to 24 months old).

There were six babies in the one-day to three-month-old category. The prettiest girl was Weylynn Tokar, two-month-old daughter of Molly and Quentin Tokar from Fairfield, Pennsylvania. The cutest boy was Lucas Swartz, three-month-old son of Chelsea Gelwicks and Tim Swartz from Rocky Ridge. The chubbiest baby was Cecilia Shorb, three-month-old daughter of Rebecca and Aaron Shorb from Cascade. There were seven babies in the 4-to-6-month-old category. The prettiest girl was Wrenleigh Forrest, five-month-old daughter of Alissia and Thomas Forrest from Rocky Ridge. The cutest boy was Carter Garner, five-month-old son of Candace and Taylor Garner from Woodsboro. The chubbiest baby was Brooklynn Baugher, six-month-old daughter of Megan and Timothy Baugher from Emmitsburg.

The 7-to-12-month-old category had the most registered babies at 15.  Lorraine Rex, 7-month-old daughter of Mindy Gregory and Ricky Rex from Union Bridge, was judged the prettiest girl; the cutest boy was Maddox McLeroy, 10-month-old son of Nathan and Stacie McLeroy from Thurmont; Violet Haines, 12-month-old daughter of Megan and Joshua Haines from Woodsboro, was named the chubbiest baby. In the 13-to-18-month-old category, there were nine babies. Aubree Hoffman, 15-month-old daughter of Zachary Hoffman and Rachel Kirkpatrick from Thurmont, was judged the prettiest girl; the cutest boy was Henry Price from Thurmont, 13-month-old son of Heather and Bob Price; the chubbiest baby was Alex Smith, Jr., 15-month-old son of Alex Smith and Kayla Brown from Rocky Ridge.

In the 19-to-24-month-old category, there were six babies. Addison Staub, 22-month-old daughter of Justin Staub and Ashlea Farinholt from Thurmont, was named the prettiest girl; Brantlee Young, 22-month-old son of McKaila Himes and David Young from Taneytown, was named the cutest boy; the chubbiest baby was Madison Shank, 20-month-old daughter of Jessica and Justin Shank from Littlestown, Pennsylvania.

Please join the fun again next year on the second Saturday of August at Mt. Tabor Park. You may register your baby (or babies) who range in age from 1 day up to 24 months. Watch your local newspaper for more details, including registration time.

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