A pair of competitions that don’t require Olympic-style training will put participants center stage this weekend at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds. The KOHU Pretty Baby Contest begins Saturday at 10 a.m. on the Umatilla County Fair Stage, and the Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest is Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on the Coke Stage.

Babies up to 18 months are eligible for the contest that will provide certified bragging rights for parents as well as prizes.

The popular contest is in its 19th year. Parents should register their little contestants in advance at 60 Minute Photo & Portraits, 1000 N. First St., Hermiston.

Although additional entry slots may be available at the event, Erick Olson, news/sports director at KOHU/KQFM, encouraged people to sign up in advance.

“If we still have spots we can do it the morning of the contest,” he said.

However, with only 150 entries available, proud parents will want to make sure to register their pretty babies in advance.

The seed-spitting contest, featuring Hermiston watermelons, has been part of the Oregon’s Best Contests through the Oregon State Fair. When the program dropped the watermelon seed-spitting contest, fair officials were determined to include the contest, said Delia Wallis, fairgrounds office volunteer.

“We’ll use locally grown melons,” Wallis said.

Those planning to spit themselves into fame and glory are to sign up for the contest Saturday before the first seed is launched at the Coke Stage, located next to Price Hall.

Contestants will be divided into four divisions, include men, women, youth (ages 8-15) and children (ages 7 and under). Each participant will choose three seeds and have an opportunity to spit each one as far as they can.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539.

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