In a gingerbread contest, the judges aspire to be fair, but they must also show a great deal of self control with the tasty edible entries placed on a table for their perusal.
Judges for the Dimmick Memorial Library's 4th Annual Gingerbread House Contest – Helena LeBow, Aillinn Brennan, and Mary Bogin – overcame their temptations to come up with winners for the contest, which was held at the library as part of Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas celebration.
Every part of the gingerbread house had to be edible with the exception of the platform on which it was built.
Contestants competed in one of three categories, which were: Adult (13 and up); Child (12 and under); and Group.
Three prizes were awarded in each category with first prize receiving $25 and two runners up each receiving $10.
Prizes for the winners were donated compliments of The Old Jail Museum on West Broadway in Jim Thorpe.
There were 10 entries which were judged on creativity, neatness, variety of materials/details, setting, durability, and overall effect.
Winning entries were:
Ÿ Adult: 1st prize, Laura Holloway; runner-up, Maggie Holloway
Ÿ Child: 1st prize, Maggie Hamilton; runners-up, Garret Holloway and Lauren Sheckler
Ÿ Group: 1st prize, Stacey Watto, Mark Salles, and Kai Salles; runners-up – Sage, Daisy, Beth, and Todd Lutte; and Dimmick Memorial Library Preschool Story Group
Ÿ Best in show – Laura Holloway
All of the Gingerbread Houses will be on display at the Dimmick Memorial Library until Dec. 18.