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There are some 60,000 people living in Sampson County. Many of them are children, a large percentage of whom are between the ages of birth to 9 years old. All of them are cute.


Don’t believe it? Just visit our website at www.clintonnc.com and click on the link to our Cutest Kids Contest and you’ll see what we mean. In just a couple weeks, the entries are growing with all those precious faces, mischievous smiles and bright eyes staring back at you from those who’ve been registered, all hoping to claim the prize of The Sampson Independent’s Cutest Kid.


There’s Kylee and Sa’tore, Jentry and Emma. And there’s Alexis and Maddox, not to mention Hayden and Jordan, Trinity and Traddm Addy Grace, Aaron and Ethan , already signed up and ready for votes to be cast in their favor.


Not every cutie, however, has been entered yet in the newspaper’s Cutest Kids Contest. We know they’re out there. We’ve seen then and we know just how cute they are. There’s plenty of time, but why wait. The sooner you get those adorable smiles online, and your cuties in the running, the better.


Voting began Sunday and continues through Saturday, June 28, so entering now is the smart move, giving your cutie an advantage of those who decide to enter tomorrow or the next day.


Provided with the support of title sponsor, Ford of Clinton, and category sponsors Sampson Regional Medical Center, Perrine, Wiley and Potts, White Swan, Clinton City Schools, Sampson County Schools, and Ellis Lewis Auto, the contest is open to every child who has an adult within a finger’s touch of our website. All one has to do is have an email address and a picture of the youngster they happen to believe is the cutest kid they’ve ever laid eyes on. The rest is simple. Register, talk it up, post it on Facebook, Tweet about it, call your friends and get them to vote.


Unlike any other contest we’ve offered before (even more so than the very popular Pet Contest from last year), the Cutest Kids Contest gives children a chance to shine. Their faces are on our website where, with just a click of the mouse, you can scan through some of the most adorable pictures you’ll ever hope to see. It simply makes you smile to see their young faces, the bright-eyed wonder and the sheer innocence they exhibit.


You can find many of them in the newspaper, too, smiling back at your from front page teasers or somewhere inside, prompting others to join them in the contest.


It’s a fun way to get the community involved and promote our youngsters at the same time. We hope readers and web visitors think so too. And we hope they participate, either by registering a child or, just as importantly, voting for the dozens upon dozens hoping to claim the title and some pretty nifty prizes as well.


It’s free; it’s simple and, again, it’s good, wholesome, fun competition that will, in the end, proclaim one of those precious children with the title of the very cutest.


So what are you waiting for? If you have a cutie living in your home, or know an adorable youngster, get the appropriate permission, fill out the short submission form and enter them in the contest at www.clintonnc.com. And if you’ve got them registered, start casting or own ballot and getting others to do the same.


Who knows, the child you enter just might be the cutest kid.

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