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Gingerbread makes for tasty competition

December 08, 1997

Gingerbread makes for tasty competition

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Maggie and Tammy Caron's fenced-in, single-story home with a fireplace looks good enough to eat.

In fact, it is edible.

With a frame made of gingerbread, the roof iced and decorated with candy, the log pile made of chocolate licorice and the fence built of gingerbread men and candy canes, the Carons turned out an entry that took first place in the adult category of Renfrew Museum's first gingerbread house competition.

"We're already brainstorming for what we're going to do next year," said Tammy Caron.

Caron and her 11-year-old daughter, Maggie, embarked on gingerbread house construction for the first time this year when they found out about the contest.

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They never dreamed their entry, which took nearly three weeks to complete, would take top prize.

"This might be a yearly thing now," Caron said.

First-time gingerbread house maker Martina Pfeuffer, 11, of Waynesboro, won first place in her age division for a Scandinavian-style house fashioned from a photo in a magazine her grandmother sent her from Germany.

"I thought it would be a really fun activity and I had the spare time," Pfeuffer said.

Pfeuffer covered the roof of her gingerbread house with all sorts of colorful hard candy and made snowmen from marshmallows.

Though her mother bought the supplies, preheated the oven and helped her spoon out the sticky gingerbread dough, Pfeuffer said she did most of the rest herself.

Three judges had to choose the winners among 14 entries. Judging was based primarily on how much of the houses were edible. Entrants could not use kits.

"There's a lot of creativity and originality," said Shirley Baker, coordinator of the contest.

The gingerbread house contest ran in conjunction with Renfrew Museum's holiday open house over the weekend. Baker said the contest will likely become an annual event.

Other winners were: Mary Esta and Tonya Scruggs, second place, adult; Brittany Snoots, second place, ages 6-12; Barton and Heidi Risser, first place, ages 12-16 and best of show; Shay Wolford, second place, ages 12-16; members of Laureate Theta Chapter Beta Sigma Phi, most original.

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