On your mark, get set, crawl (Can you predict winner in this video?)
May 19, 2012 at 12:19 a.m.
Updated May 20, 2012 at 12:20 a.m.
Averie McCay grinned at passers-by from the arms of her mother, Nicole McCay, as she prepared to compete in the Diaper Derby on Saturday.
Her grandmother, Sheryl McCay fed the 9-month-old ice chips while they waited under the shade of the trees in Riverside Park for the start of the race.
The Diaper Derby was inspired by the weenie dog races at the Mid-Coast Family Services family violence victim ceremony, said Beth Svetlik a prevention specialist at Mid-Coast.
Co-organizer Angela Bujnoch, a family violence counselor at Mid-Coast Family Services, agreed.
"The Family Fun Fest is a family-friendly, family-oriented event," Bujnoch said. "Hopefully, it will attract a lot of families. And of course it will be really cute, too."
The four tiny-tots got on their marks along the blue, green, red and yellow mat on the main stage for the count down to the race.
At first, all four youngsters seemed uncertain what to do, looking around at the family and friends coaxing them to crawl using jingling keys, stuffed animals, drinks and cellphones.
Don't let the turtles on his blue Onesie fool you. Carter, a 10-month-old, crawled off at a sprint pace once he recovered from the deer-in-the-headlights look.
Carter won the race with a steady pace, pausing only once for hydration from a sippy cup.
Carter's family said he got lots of practice chasing his 2-year-old brother, Brayden McDaniel, around the house.
"That got him all trained and conditioned," said proud poppa Zack McDaniel.
But team Averie had a different strategy.
"We thought we'd just put her down there and hope she'd crawl," said. "We also put my phone out in front of her. She'll go to anything."
Averie crossed the finish line second.
Kati Hahn, 9 months, was not impressed with all the cheers and bribes. She alternated between stunned looks, crying and trying to crawl back toward the start line.
While she was in no hurry to crawl across the mat, 10-month-old Kameryn Villa basked in the attention of her adoring fans, grinning and reclining on the cushy mat - modeling her pink Under Armor baby Onesie.
Eventually the announcer pronounced Kameryn and Kati tied for third place.
Bujnoch and Svetlik said they thought the Diaper Derby was a success.
"It was slower than I'd thought it would be, but it went really well," Bujnoch said. "It was very cute."
"I think everyone got lots of laughs," she said.
The Family Fun Fest had a variety of events throughout the day and about 32 booths, including carnival games, inflatable play pens, a hay ride and tables with informational fliers. Proceeds from the event will benefit Mid-Coast Family Services.
Sitting in his stroller, Carter bounced up and down to the music floating out over the loud speaker, celebrating his victory and preparing to enjoy the rest of the festivities with his family.