The Wildwoods Baby Waddle Contest & the 108th Wildwoods Baby Parade – A Favorite Wildwoods Summertime Tradition

The Wildwoods Baby Waddle Contest and the 108th Wildwoods Baby Parade, which took place August 1 and August 2, were fun-filled events full of smiles, babies and toddlers from across the tri-state area.

The Wildwoods Baby Waddle Contest, held the day before the annual Baby Parade, brought out speed-crawling babies and waddling toddlers to the Wildwoods Convention Center. Participants in the two categories – The Crawl and The Waddle – were encouraged by their parents to crawl or waddle from the center to the edge of a 45-foot diameter circle. The baby or toddler that made its way out of the circle first won. Lily McGee of Cape May Court House, NJ took first place as a crawler; and the winner of The Waddle was Isabelle Hatfield of Wildwood Crest, NJ.

This year’s 108th Wildwoods Baby Parade attracted the region’s most adorable children, along with creative floats, decorated carriages and wagons and huge crowds of parents, family, friends and vacationers – all taking part in the festivities and admiring the costumed youngsters.

The 108th Wildwoods Baby Parade drew babies from throughout the tri-state area; and three winners from each of the seven categories were chosen. Below is a list of first, second and third place winners from each of the seven categories:

Cutest Baby Boy (under 12 months)
1st Place – Ryan Matthew Quinlan – Cape May, NJ
2nd Place – Josiah Brown – Villas, NJ
3rd Place – Duncan Hero – Saylorsburg, PA

Cutest Baby Girl (under 12 months)
1st Place – Scarlett and Savannah Polini – Wildwood Crest, NJ
2nd Place – Francesca Rose Marino – Brooklyn, NY
3rd Place – Sabrina Cantor – Philadelphia, PA

Decorated Baby Carriage
1st Place – Rose Singley – Philadelphia, PA
2nd Place – Grace Kennedy – Cape May Court House, NJ
3rd Place – Jesse Helmbold – Wildwood, NJ

Best Walking Themed Group
1st Place – Aubrey & Declan Boyle, Zach DuFault – Cape May, NJ
2nd Place – Brumbach Family – Haddon Heights, NJ
3rd Place – N/A

Fancy Children
1st Place – Ellie & Maggie Stahl – Wildwood Crest, NJ
2nd Place – Philip Helmbold – Wildwood, NJ
3rd Place – Rebecca Botto – Wildwood Crest, NJ

Best Dressed Walking
1st Place – Thomas Collins – North Cape May, NJ
2nd Place – Isabella Leve – North Wildwood, NJ
3rd Place – Jason McElwee – North Wildwood, NJ

Decorated on Wheels
1st Place – Cameron DiGiovanni & Joseph Bennett – Sewell, NJ
2nd Place– Marnie & Ryan Duncan – North Wildwood, NJ
3rd Place – Maryn & Myles Dettrey – Wildwood, NJ

Group Decorated on Wheels
1st Place – Noah, Grace & Eve Brockman – Rio Grande, NJ
2nd Place – April Nordsby – Rio Grande, NJ
3rd Place – Kiera & Katie Savikas & Mason Livewell – North Wildwood, NJ

The Wildwoods Baby Parade has been a time-honored Jersey Shore tradition since 1909, and this year’s event demonstrated that this is still one of the Jersey Shore’s most anticipated and popular summertime events for families.

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