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First seven entries are announced in this year’s PJWC baby contest

PRINCETON — The first seven entries in this year’s Princeton Junior Woman’s Club baby contest have been received.

They include: Makaylee McCoy, 14 months, the daughter of Mitch and Katrina McCoy of Princeton; Lillie Fargher, 9 months, the daughter of Bethany Fargher of Walnut; Greyson Hubbard-Gugerty, 6 months, the son of Kelsey Hubbard and Jerry Gugerty of Princeton; Rilee Lynn Searle, 6 months, the daughter of Torrie Lynn Searle of Princeton; Addilynn Odell, 15 months, the daughter of April Buchanan and Adam Odell of Dover; Lane Strader, 3 months, the son of Danielle Frank and Jared Strader of Princeton; and Zoee Jane-Sue Weeks, 5 1/2 months, the daughter of Autumn Waid and Jacob Weeks of Walnut.

Entrants must be Bureau County residents under 24 months of age as of Sept. 13. Contest entries must be emailed to Princetonjuniors@hotmail.com by Aug. 15.

To enter, email a snapshot-size color photograph of the child to Princetonjuniors@hotmail.com. No professional photos will be accepted. The child’s name, sex, current age, birth date, and parents’ names, addresses, and home and work phone numbers must be included in the email.

Voting will begin Aug. 15 and continue until noon Sept. 12. The photographs will be displayed at Central Bank, Midland States Bank, Centrue Bank and Heartland Bank. The photos will be rotated on a weekly basis between the four banks. Dates and details will be announced.

Each photograph will have a corresponding canister in which to place votes. One dollar equals 100 votes. The winner will be notified Sept. 12 and introduced during that evening’s Homestead Festival awards ceremony and pork dinner/ice cream social.

Prizes will be given to the winners, as well as the first boy and girl runners-up. All winners and their parents will have a spot in the Homestead Festival parade.

The Princeton Junior Woman’s Club will donate all the proceeds from the contest back to the community through various projects and organizations.

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