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“It’s just a cute event,” Kupiec said. “Some parents dress up their babies in costumes, or write something funny on their diaper. People get really excited about it.”
Maryalice Demler, Channel 2 news anchor and NT native, was the event’s emcee — a job she has performed for about 10 years. Demler said she participates to support DeGraff Hospital, where she worked in the late ‘80s.
“I do anything I can to support them. They have exemplary care. It’s where I was born, and where I go for every injury I have had,” Demler said. “And you just can’t mess this event up, the kids are adorable.”
Demler announced the names of the contestants and started them with a “1, 2, 3, go,” but many babies ignored Demler’s advice. Instead, contestants started crying, laid down on the carpet for a rest, or smiled at the crowd. Meanwhile, some competitive fathers of the idle crawlers grew restless rather quickly — urging the tots along with a push or yelling at mom to keep playing with the keys.
“I should have been the launcher,” one grandmother said. “Dad just gets too excited.”
Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.