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Each summer during Sea Isle City’s Sara the Turtle Festival, babies participate in a popular “Diaper Derby” crawling contest. (Photos courtesy Sea Isle City)

On Wednesday, Sea Isle City’s Division of Tourism hosted the annual Sara the Turtle Festival at Excursion Park. Hundreds of families enjoyed a variety of free activities, including face painters, moon bounces, live animal exhibits, environmental displays, a musical performance by “The Turtlesinger,” and a popular event dubbed “The Diaper Derby.”

During the Diaper Derby, infants who cannot yet walk are placed in the middle of a circle and are lured to the finish line by cheering family members.

The winners of this year’s Diaper Derby, which was viewed by a large crowd of spectators, were Adelyn Layer, 11 months, of West Chester, Pa., first place; Lazlo Jacoby, 10 months, of Florence, N.J., second place; and Freddie Ritter, 11 months, of Philadelphia, third place.

Each winning child received a trophy, courtesy of the Division of Tourism, and a “Save a Turtle” T-shirt, courtesy of Sea Isle City’s Environmental Commission.

“This was one of our most successful Sara the Turtle Festivals – and the weather was beautiful,” said Tourism Representative Diane Merson, the event organizer. “The festival helps raise environmental awareness and it is always a lot of fun.”

For information about events taking place in Sea Isle City, go to www.VISITSICNJ.com or phone the Tourism Office at 609-263-8687.

Families enjoy environmental exhibits, live music, face painters, bounce houses and the chance to pet exotic live animals.