The 2021 Jackson Apple Festival Baby/Toddler Contest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Bellisio Foods Stage of the Apple Festival.

The deadline for entry is Thursday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.; no late entries will be accepted. Entry will cost $5 per child. Sign-ins will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., with the contest itself beginning at 9 a.m.; no late sign-ups will be allowed, and no refunds will be issued. The contest is open to all counties.

The theme for this year’s contest will be “Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass: At Apple Town’s Past.” Divisions will be divided into the following categories for both male and female entrants: Zero to six months, six months and one day to 12 months, 12 months and one day to 24 months, two years and one day to three years and three years and one day to four years. Any props must be handled quickly, and there is no time to set up large props.

Once participants are signed in, they must listen for their line assignment to be called for line-up. After the second announcement for the child’s line assignment, should the child not be present, the entry will be announced as closed. Any child not in line will be disqualified from the contest. No child may be five years old as of Saturday, Sept. 25 and if a child’s age division is altered by a parent, that child will be disqualified.

One boy and one girl will be chosen as the Tiny Mr. Appleseed and Tiny Miss Appleseed out of the two years and one day to four-year-old children. Due to the large parades, there will be no room for the winners of any division to ride in these parades.

All judges’ decisions are final; do not approach the judges about decisions or your child may be barred from future contests at the Apple Festivals. Any parent or relative of a child that is causing issues will be responsible for the immediate disqualification of their child as a result of their behavior.

Applications can be picked up at the Total Media Radio Building, Michael’s Ice Cream, Wellston Subway and Cutting Edge. Mailed entries with the $5 entry fee can be sent to: Kelli Crabtree, 405 Redondo Dr. Jackson, Ohio 45640. Make any checks payable to JAFE.