Gingerbread house extravaganza

AND THE WINNERS ARE . . .  —  Standing and proudly holding their winning creations are from the left, Zoey Gilligan of Brady, Rachel Young, Mary Hess, Melissa Ringdahl and Elizabeth Ringdahl.  I-O Photo by Tirsea McNeal



By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter

Children, teens, and seniors gathered around tables to compete for this year’s annual Gingerbread House Contest Dec. 1, hosted by the Assembly of God, and the Conrad Senior Center. The contest was held at the Pondera Center.

The successful intergenerational event was well attended with over 50 participants from small tots to seniors over 50 years old.

From the candy in bowls, to the plates of dessert, most of the event was donated and made possible by dedicated volunteers who decorated, cooked, cleaned and organized the event.

Participants were instructed by Michelle Goyette, teacher and volunteer. She told the participants, “You can construct your project any way you wish; the only limit is your own imagination.”

Concentrated efforts for an hour saw completed projects of complicated houses, churches, igloos and even mangers.  The imaginative power was amazing, as was their well constructed masterpieces.

Winners were chosen by Judges Dave Dwello, Ron Foreman and Dale Janzen.

Dwello said, “It was a great contest, and it was a lot of fun.”

It was a difficult, but fun task as the three judges walked around the tables scrutinizing each constructed confection. 

The five categories were ages 3-5; 6-9; 10-14; 15-18; and over 50.

The five talented Gingerbread House winners each received a prize and all participants received a small gift.

The winners chosen by the judges were Mary Hess, Rachel Young, Zoey Gilligan (Brady), Melissa Ringdahl and Elizabeth Ringdahl.

Following the contest, a chili luncheon was served, complete with chips, cornbread and dessert.