Lexie Kay Martin 10 months of Alstonville took out the 2013 Miss Ballina Babyshow in the female section of the Mr and Miss Ballina Babyshow. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star
Lexie Kay Martin 10 months of Alstonville took out the 2013 Miss Ballina Babyshow in the female section of the Mr and Miss Ballina Babyshow. Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star Doug Eaton

Ballina Babyshow's cute bubs raise funds for SIDS

A LITTLE bit of fun for parents and bubs, and raising money for the SIDS Foundation were the main aims behind the first Miss and Mr Ballina Babyshow held yesterday at Ballina RSL Club.

The show, which was open to children from the age of newborns through to age seven, awarded first, second and third places to entrants in the categories of best smile, personality plus, best dressed, photogenic, wow factor, brightest eyes, as well as age group and overall winner.

Ten-month-old Lexie Kay Martin, of Alstonville, was awarded titles for best dressed and winner of her age division, as well as taking out the title of overall winner, making her parent Jessie Parke and Adrian Martin proud.

It was the first competition for the bub, with Ms Parke deciding to enter her daughter because she thought it might be a bit of fun.

She said she wasn't too surprised though that Lexie came out on top, although admitting as mum she might be a tad biased: "She's cute! She's loud, active - she's perfect really."

"I can't stop smiling."

Although Lexie might have been a bit young to quite understand what was happening, Ms Parke said she thought she did enjoy herself, dressed up in her best clothes and hair ribbon. "I think she liked it when everyone was clapping," she laughed.

Organiser Courtney Anders said it was great to see the kids and their parents having fun and enjoying the show.

"The kids love it," Mr Anders said.

"The best thing for it is watching the kids walking away with smiles on their faces - and everyone gets something in the end."

He said one of the biggest benefits was the confidence boosting that the shows provided to the children.

Raising much-needed money for research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was the other big driving force behind this inaugural show, Mr Anders said.

He said he hoped that baby shows in the area would continue to pick up some speed.

There is another baby show, Prince and Princess of Ballina, scheduled for next month.

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