The race is on, and now it’s time to talk up those little darlings, enticing friends, family members and acquaintances across the globe to cast a vote, or even five, for those adorable youngsters registered in The Thomaston Times’ Cutest Kids Contest.
At midnight last Sunday, voting officially got under way at www.thomastontimes.com. It will continue until 5 p.m. on Saturday June 23. But don’t be dismayed if you’ve not posted your cutie’s picture yet, registration is still open so there’s still plenty of time to get those smiling faces uploaded and votes garnered before the contest ends.
“This is so exciting,” said Laurie Lewis, advertising director for The Times. “I’ve been watching our entries grow daily, and without question, I’m seeing some of the cutest kids around posted on our site.”
Lewis encouraged all those who’ve entered — and those preparing to enter now — to promote their little darlings through the various social networks now available, garnering as many votes as possible for each of the cuties.
“We’ve made it very easy to get the word out,” Lewis explained. “There is a link to Facebook, so it’s easy to upload your child’s picture to Facebook and encourage friends to vote.”
In addition, there’s an email-friendly option that allows you to send vote requests to friends, making it as simple as possible to garner votes day after day for the youngsters.
Both registration and voting is free. All one has to do is set up a user account with a valid email address and follow the simple rules to either register a child or vote for a child, or both.
A person can vote up to five times during any 24-hour period.
“We want people to vote as often as they can, as many days as they can. That’s part of the fun. And we’ll be keeping everyone updated about who’s in the lead.”
That, too, can be used on a person’s Facebook page, alerting friends and family about how tight the race is, and urging more and more voter participation as the contest continues.
“Based on the interest this contest has already received, I expect there will be a lot of voting going on,” said The Thomaston Timses editor Larry Stanford. “With all the ways to network out there today, getting the word out about your child should be as simple as the click of a mouse or a touch of the send button on your Smartphone.”
So, Stanford and Lewis are urging you to send out those Facebook messages , utilize that email address book and pick up that phone and call all the relatives, friends, business associates and people you know, getting them to vote for that special child in your life.
“Talk it up in every way you can and just watch those vote totals soar,” Lewis said.