Diaper-wearing racers tear up the turf at Yarmouth Clam Festival

Posted July 23, 2012, at 4:45 p.m.
Jonah Nilson of Yarmouth, age 11 months, crawls as fast as he can during the Diaper Derby.
Jonah Nilson of Yarmouth, age 11 months, crawls as fast as he can during the Diaper Derby. Buy Photo
Drew Putnam of Limerick wants nothing to do with racing as his father, Dave, tries to encourage him at the starting line of the Diaper Derby.
Drew Putnam of Limerick wants nothing to do with racing as his father, Dave, tries to encourage him at the starting line of the Diaper Derby. Buy Photo
Angela Morris of Cumberland cheers as her baby, Jameson Brainerd, age 10 months, crawls to victory in the Diaper Derby on Sunday at the Yarmouth Clam Festival.
Angela Morris of Cumberland cheers as her baby, Jameson Brainerd, age 10 months, crawls to victory in the Diaper Derby on Sunday at the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Buy Photo
Lindsey Scheuchzer of Falmouth, age 10 months, stops just inches from the finish line during the Diaper Derby on Sunday at the Yarmouth Clam Festival.
Lindsey Scheuchzer of Falmouth, age 10 months, stops just inches from the finish line during the Diaper Derby on Sunday at the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Buy Photo
Angela Morris of Cumberland uses a stuffed animal and a milk bottle to encourage her baby, Jameson Brainerd, age 10 months, toward the finish line in the Diaper Derby on Sunday at the Yarmouth Clam Festival.
Angela Morris of Cumberland uses a stuffed animal and a milk bottle to encourage her baby, Jameson Brainerd, age 10 months, toward the finish line in the Diaper Derby on Sunday at the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Buy Photo
Mothers and siblings do their best to attract baby racers to the finish line during the Diaper Derby on Sunday at the Yarmouth Clam Festival.
Mothers and siblings do their best to attract baby racers to the finish line during the Diaper Derby on Sunday at the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Buy Photo
And they're off!  Well, most of them, anyway. A reluctant racer clings to his father at the start of a heat during Sunday's Diaper Derby at the Yarmouth Clam Festival.
And they're off! Well, most of them, anyway. A reluctant racer clings to his father at the start of a heat during Sunday's Diaper Derby at the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Buy Photo
Not every baby felt like leaving the starting line during the Diaper Derby on Sunday at the Yarmouth Clam Festival.
Not every baby felt like leaving the starting line during the Diaper Derby on Sunday at the Yarmouth Clam Festival. Buy Photo
Allie Lesperance of Farmington has her sights on Mommy as she races towards the finish line during the Diaper Derby on Sunday.
Allie Lesperance of Farmington has her sights on Mommy as she races towards the finish line during the Diaper Derby on Sunday. Buy Photo

YARMOUTH, Maine — Turn your back on your baby and they’ll crawl away in a blink of an eye. Put them on a starting line and try to get them to crawl 10 yards to Mommy … well, that’s not so easy.

About 40 “Crawlers,” kids up to 12 months of age, were entered in this year’s Diaper Derby at the Yarmouth Clam Festival on Sunday.

In most races the dad would be at the start line, trying to point the baby toward mom, who was waiting at the finish line. The moms would wave and make noise, hoping to catch their kid’s attention.

In the preliminary heats some youngsters seemed intimidated by the cheering crowds and refused to race. But not Jameson Brainerd of Cumberland. The 10-month-old burst out of the start and made a beeline for mom, only to stop a couple feet from the finish to sit down and look back to see what all the fuss was about.

His mom, Angela Morris eventually got his attention by shaking car keys, a white stuffed animal and a milk bottle. Jameson crossed the finish line and later cruised, or crawled, to victory in the finals, earning a $50 gift certificate — and a lifetime of bragging rights.

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