Baby Pageant Benefits Odessa Community

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Despite the cries, it was a happy day for babies in Odessa. From colorful dresses to big hair bows they crowded Odessa College's Auditorium on Sunday in hopes of taking home a trophy.

"We'll she's my first and only daughter, I've always wanted to do this, and in the beauty contest, she won first place," Mother, Geneva Saldana said.

"I just entered her and today she's getting her award as second place princess," Mother, Candace Williams, said.

Geneva Saldana and Candace Williams were just two of many proud parents who stood along side their daughters as they competed in the West Texas Baby Pageant.

"It definitely feels good. At first, I was like there's so many babies, but she's done real good," Williams said.

The tiny tikes weren't just competing for a title, they were also raising money for something much bigger than themselves.

"Harmony Homes gets at least $1,000 sometimes more from the pageant this year," West Texas Baby Pageant Organizer, Mike Loyd said.

"It was all the more worth while knowing it was going to benefit an organization. We just had fun," Saldana said.

Many parents say it's a memorable experience where every child walks away a winner.

"I think we're going to do it again. If she doesn't want to, we won't force her, but I think we'll do it next year again," Williams said.