The Jefferson Arts Committee (JAC) would like to thank all those who participated in its first virtual Gingerbread House Contest. For many years, the contest was held each year in conjunction with the JAC’s annual Christmas in the Village event; and the creations were on display at the Milton United Methodist Church.
However, with the cancelation of the 15th annual event due to covid19 restrictions relating to large gatherings, in an effort to continue the tradition, the decision was made to move to a virtual event where photographs of the entries were submitted for judging.
The 22 entries received were either created using homemade gingerbread or created from a store-bought kit. The creations were unique and creative; and judging was based on use of different edible materials, creativity, originality, and following the Home for Christmas theme.
The results are as follows:
Age Category 4-to-5-year olds
1st place kit Vinny Hecker
1st place homemade Dahlia Williams
2nd place kit Nathan Bassin
3rd place kit Collin Lyons
Age Category 6-to-8 year olds
1st place kit Cliodhna Smith
1st place homemade Daniella Williams
1st place homemade Sebastian Sullivan
2nd place kit Joey Hecker
3rd place kit Andras Varga-Joo
Honorable Mention Abigail McCormick
Honorable Mention Braydon Ridner
Honorable Mention David Varga-Joo
Age Category 9-to-12 year olds
1st place kit Anastasia Nakev
2nd place kit James & Zachary Hatley
2nd place kit Timothy Nakev
3rd place kit Ava Papageorge
3rd place kit Matthew Wettstein
Age Category 13-to-16 year olds
1st place kit Cailey Anne McMahon
Age Category 17 year olds to adults
1st place kit Shaelynn Coppola
1st place homemade Jessica Williams
2nd place kit Joyce Barton & Family
3rd place kit Ottilia Varga-Joo
Each first, second, and third place participant will receive a medal, and honorable mention participants will receive a ribbon. A photograph of each and every entry will be displayed in the Jefferson Township Public Library for visitors to admire and perhaps inspire for future gingerbread house contests.
It is the hope of the Jefferson Arts Committee that this virtual contest brought some joy, important family time, and excitement to those who entered and that these confectionary creations were delicious when consumed!
The JAC hopes to bring the full traditional Christmas in the Village celebration back to The Village of Milton in 2021 in partnership with the Jefferson Township Historical Society, Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1, Milton United Methodist Church, St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, the Jefferson Township school district’s choruses and bands, the Jefferson Township Community Concert Band, the Jefferson Township Community Chorus, the Jefferson Township Community Players, the Milton First Aid Squad, and everyone who was part of this wonderful community holiday event for the past 14 years.
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