Jefferson Township: Beautiful Gingerbread Houses - Gain Virtual Compliments!

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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. 

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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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