Oliver “Tubby” Linsenmeyer of Columbia sucked his thumb while he peered over his mother’s shoulder at the crowd below.
His baby-soft, fluffy hair stood up like a Mohawk, thanks to two cowlicks. Tubby, 5-months-old, sporting white and blue striped overalls, had just been named the winner of the newborn to not yet 1-year-old baby boy contest at the Boone County Fair Friday night.
From the look on his face, Tubby couldn’t care less about his prize. He just wanted to play in the bubble machine bubbles with his 2-year-old brother, Charlie.
His father, Peter Linsenmeyer, watched from the crowd. “We came out here tonight because of the celebration of children’s beauty,” he said.
The top three winners of each category won cash prizes, and everyone received a ribbon and bubbles for participating.
Glynda Elkin, co-coordinator of the boy and girl baby contests, has judged the contests for six years.
“Judging is harder,” Elkin said in reference to helping coordinate. “Everyone thinks their baby is the cutest.”
During a break at the Society Horse Show later Friday night, the St. Charles Mounted Police Unit of the St. Charles Police Department held a safety and training demonstration. The St. Charles Mounted Police Unit takes part in more than 100 special events a year, including parades and outdoor concerts.
The police paid tribute to fall- en officers with a horse named Maggie, 18, who was led around the rink with boots placed back- ward in the stirrups. This tradition started at the funeral of President Lincoln. The backward boots symbolize that the fallen officer will never ride again.
In order to be a police horse, horses have to go through intense training. They have to be able to open gates, walk upstairs and navigate through crowds.
Elsewhere on the fairgrounds, kids took relief from the hot summer evening by splashing around in a pool set up by Columbia Pool and Spa.
“Kids have really enjoyed coming by,” said Craig Hurst, the owner of Columbia Pool and Spa, which is at the fair for the first time.