Oh baby, what a Festival
By EMMA CORNFORD
THE babies were beautiful and the parents were proud at the Jacaranda Beautiful Baby competition on Sunday morning at Market Square.
More than 80 bouncing bubs from eight days to three-years-old vied for places in their age groups as well as the overall Beautiful Baby title, which was won by Emily Paterson.
The three competition judges were afforded the difficult task of scoring the entrants according to their eyes, smile, personality and presentation.
In the boys aged up to six months category, Grayson Reimer came first with Zion Jousse second and Billy Johnson third.
Ashleigh Simmons-Tibbett won the corresponding girl's section, while Jessica Sear came second and Sarah Bowland third.
In the boys aged six to 12 months, Noah Reid took out the title, with Noah Evans coming second and Tyrell Golden third, while in the girls Ruby Shanley came first, Jada Robertson second and Logan Robb third.
First in the boys aged 12 to 24 months was awarded to Kambul Watts, second to Kane Pereira and third Michael Martin. In the girls Emily Paterson came first, Summer Hambly second and Deanna Dockrey third.
In the eldest group, two to three years, Joshua Paterson and Lucy Sear won the boy's and girl's sections, while James Enright and Melanie Martin came second and Harrison Fountain and Lily Johnson third.
But the weekend wasn't just about beautiful babies.
Fabulous floats were also judged on Saturday as the annual Jacranda Float Procession took place, despite the rain, down Prince Street.
The 2005 float procession results were:
Decorated Floral Float: 1st Studio 1 Academy Of Dance.
Most Comical or Novel Float: 1st Mackellys, 2nd Mrs Joyce Johnson, 3rd Bunnings.
Float By Charitable Organisation: 1st Clarence Valley SES, 2nd Bill Drew, 3rd Rotary Youth Exchange.
Float By Sporting Body: 1st Zurah Misaa Middle Eastern Dance, 2nd Junction Hill Tennis Club, 3rd Wooli/Minnie Water Nippers.
Commercial Entry: 1st Merrick McCallum's Drum School, 2nd Country Energy, 3rd Paine & Townsend.
Pre-Schools, Kindergartens, Child Care Centres, Etc.: 1st New School of Arts, 2nd Coldstream Community Pre-School, 3rd St Joseph's Primary School.
Decorated bicycle: 1st Clarence Valley BMX Club.
Best Presented Band: 1st Bellingen Pipe Band, 2nd Grafton Pipe Band, 3rd Inverell/Glen Innes Pipe Band.
Special Section For Vintage, Veteran and Classic Motor Vehicles: 1st Northern Rivers Lancers 15th Light Horse, 2nd Mid North Coast Hot Rod Club, 3rd Clarence Valley Ulysses Club.
Overall winner: Mackellys.