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Tyrone youngster wins Giggle Off contest

Tyrone youngster Kyle Plummer has won bragging rights for another year.
He is the winner of the annual General Mills and Giant Eagle local Giggle Off Contest for the second year in a row. The contest was held May 29 at Blair County Ballpark, in front of 6,350 Altoona Curve baseball fans.
Those who were able to qualify for the contest were kids three to 13 years of age. Ten contestants were randomly chosen through a drawing live on the air on WALY 103.9 on Friday, May 21.
Courtesy of the Altoona Curve, each chosen contestant received four tickets to the Curve game.
During the Giggle Off Contest, the contestants went onto the field and giggled into a microphone for the crowd to hear. The contestants were then narrowed down to three, based on their giggles.
The finalists were Philip Watt, his sister Nicki Watt, and Plummer. The crowd then had the honor of picking the winner by applause.
“Fans, with an overwhelming applause, chose Kyle Plummer as Giggle Off winner,” said General Mills sales representative and organizer of the Giggle Off Contest, Mike Blaska.
Cash prizes were awarded to the contestants, including: first place, $300; second place, $200; third place, $100; fourth and fifth place, $50 and sixth through tenth place, $25.
Blaska said the event has grown tremendously over the years. Last year, there were 1,100 entries from kids all around the area, and this year there were approximately 800 entries for the contest.
“Basically, it was just nice to have great weather for a change,” said Blaska. “Everybody had a great time. How can you have a bad time with the Pillsbury Doughboy and Steamer keeping everyone laughing?”
He added that any kids aged three to 13 should begin practicing now for next year’s annual Giggle Off Contest.