News and Sentinel announces Mother-Child Look-A-Like Contest winners

Photo Provided Robin Casto, left, of Cutler, and her mother, Joyce Allen, of Parkersburg, are the 2018 winners of the Mother-Child Look-A-Like Contest, an annual event sponsored by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel to celebrate Mother’s Day.

PARKERSBURG — Joyce Allen finally relented and submitted a photo to the Mother-Child Look-A-Like Contest sponsored by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

For years friends and family said she and her daughter, Robin Casto of Cutler, looked like sisters.

“They kept telling me to send in a photo,” Allen said. “I just never did it until now.”

And now Allen and Casto are the 2018 winners of the Mother-Child Look-A-Like Contest.

“Awesome,” Allen said.

Photo Provided Dr. Cristina Estrada, right, of Parkersburg, and her daughter, Randi Wilson, were second place finishers in the Mother-Child Look-A-Like Contest sponsored by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

Today is Mother’s Day and the Mother-Child Look-A-Like Contest celebrates the day.

“It does feel good,” Allen, 64, said when people think she and her only daughter are sisters.

The similarity was evident when Casto, 46, was a young girl, Allen said.

“She had blonde hair then, and I had blonde hair,” Allen said.

And people often say they look like sisters.

Photo Provided Nancy McGhee, left, of Vienna, and her daughter, Casey Kuhn. McGhee and Kuhn received third place in the Mother-Child Look-A-Like Contest sponsored by The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

“Lots of times,” Allen said.

About three dozen photos were sent by residents in the region. Judges from the newspaper chose winners.

Second place went to Dr. Cristina Estrada, of Parkersburg, and her daughter, Randi Wilson. Third place went to Nancy McGhee and daughter Casey Kuhn.

Estrada said she was surprised. The picture was submitted by her son-in-law, Brian Wilson.

“I’ve been stopped out in public by people I didn’t know and they ask me if I was Dr. Estrada’s daughter,” said Randi Wilson, an art teacher at Parkersburg High School.

“That’s awesome,” Kuhn said upon learning she and her mother are finalists.

Kuhn said she and her mother are often considered sisters and sometimes people confuse the two of them.

It makes her feel good about being called a sister, “but I never know if I should be offended,” Kuhn said. She’s not.

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