LIHU‘E — Vernon Basuel III topped a field of 60 finalists to earn the Meadow Gold 2011 Healthy Baby award in a tent filled with anxious supporters, Saturday, at the Kaua‘i County Farm Bureau Fair.
Garbed in a made-to-fit outfit depicting both a University of Hawai‘i Warrior coach and player, complete with black-out stripes, Basuel appeared stunned when he was shuffled onto the stage following his announcement by Ron Wiley, the event’s emcee from the KQNG Radio Group.
TeeAnn Garcia was adorned with the ribbon of Miss Baby Cakes and Ashton-Kaide Wada received the counterpart crown as Super Dude.
Sesley Sudaria earned the Keen Wahine award. And Nash Schaffer, garbed in an outfit resembling a Meadow Gold milkman of the ’50s, got the nod for Groovy Guy.
Kymrie Eguchi was presented the prize package for Miss Smiley Smile, and Emery Soto earned the Cool Kane award.
Each of the winners received a prize package including a trophy and sash as well as numerous goodies from Meadow Gold and a host of other community sponsors.
Meadow Gold, sponsoring the Healthy Baby Contest for the past 16 years, was represented by Shannon Aiona, general manager, and Jael Okuno, presenting awards for a specialty ice cream eating contest as well as one award each for a year’s supply of milk and a year’s supply of ice cream, these awards being randomly selected from the audience.
The Meadow Gold Healthy Baby Contest was the highlight of an afternoon of keiki starting with the Kaua‘i Government Employees Federal Credit Union Keiki Talent Competition.
McDonald’s Restaurant teamed with HMSA to host the keiki olympics and slate of entertainment which included watermelon and poi eating contests, a hula hoop relay as well as stage presentations by the Kuga Keiki and Aloha Dance Studio.