The photos were posted, the votes were cast and the total finally tallied.
It was the 2014 edition of the ever-popular Scenic Motors-Mount Airy News Cutest Kids Contest, with tens of thousands of votes cast for the pictures of children, from newborn to age 12, submitted by readers.
Now that the contest is over for the year, the grand prize winner in the annual event is…Miss Sophie Alexandria, described in her picture as the “Happiest little baby ever!”
Miss Sophie’s photo received more than 1, 700 votes to claim the top spot, earning her a $100 prize courtesy of Scenic Motors, the sponsor for the contest.
While little Sophie earned the most votes of anyone in the contest, there were plenty of other children and youth who garnered quite a few votes.
In the Newborn category, the photo title “Chole” picked up 1,479 votes to take the top spot in that category, showing of a little one who, according to the entry, “likes to get her picture taken.”
In the 12-24 month category, the photo titled “Julian” won with 381 votes. In the 2- to 3-year-old category the photo named “Mermaid Princess” won with 846 votes. In the category for 4- to 5-year-olds, the picture titled “Lily Bug” took the top spot, garnering 398 votes.
Blue Ridge Medical Group sponsored the category for 6- to 8-year-olds, meaning the winner, titled “Mattie and Papa,” gets a $50 prize for pulling in the most votes at 563.
In the top age category, featuring youth aged 9 to 12, the photo “Lakien” pulled in 600 votes to take the top spot.
Congratulation to all the winners, and a big thanks to all who participated, either by posting a photo or by voting.