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The Journal Gazette

Monday, November 20, 2017 3:38 pm

Verbatim: Festival of Gingerbread winners announced

The Journal Gazette

The History Center issued this news release today:

The History Center has announced winners of the 32nd annual Festival of Gingerbread competition.

Winners are:

Pre-K to 2nd Grade Individual

1. Kate Ellis

2. Connor Dreibelbis

3. Lance Oliver

Pre-K to 2nd Grade Group

1. Most Precious Blood Daisies Troop 51156

2. Audra Estabrook and Lili Neff

3. Early Childhood Alliance- Heather Elser

3rd to 6th Grade Individual

1. Mackenzie Nees

2. Jaime Izak

3. Shelby Anderson

3rd to 6th Grade Group

1. American Heritage Girls Explorer

2. Pack 3430 B

3. Pack 3430 A

Teen Individual

1. Sydney Herbst

2. Leila Niblick

3. Lacey Johnson

Teen Group

1. American Heritage Girls Pi/Pa

2. The Gingerbread Festival Presents- Harry Styles: Live on Tour

3. Hayenna Daphora

Adult Individual

1. Jenny Schroeder

2. Danielle Oliver

3. Laura Bertsch

Adult Group

1. Cookie Friends

2. The Mcdonald/DeStefano Family

3. Leona’s Girls


1. Cindy Means- Grandma & Grandkids

2. The Schenkel Family

3. The DeMartino Family


1. Ferguson Girls

2. Susan Paris

3. Aaron Hapner

Historical Theme Student

Leila Niblick

Historical Theme Adult

Jenny Schroeder

People’s Choice Awards and honorary awards will be announced at the end of the Festival.

The public can preview these winners and all of the 102 gingerbread creations during Downtown Fort Wayne’s Night of Lights beginning at 3pm until 9pm for $3 per person as well as visit with Santa Claus beginning at 5pm.

Now in its 32nd year, the Festival, which raises money to support programs at the History Center, has become a holiday tradition that boasts an attendance of more than 12,000, who come annually to see the fanciful gingerbread creations on display. Hanning and Bean Enterprises, Inc. is this year’s title sponsor.

The Festival of Gingerbread opens with special extended hours on November 24 and closes December 10.

Admission is $6 adults, $4 seniors and youth, and free to children age 2 and under.

For hours during the Festival of Gingerbread and for a complete schedule of events visit the History Center’s Facebook page or or call 260.426.2882

The History Center is located at 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana.