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The sweet taste of victory

Contestants of all ages get creative at inaugural Gingerbread House Contest

Posted: December 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 9, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Members of the Bruyninckx family, from left, Eleanor, 8, Ben, 11, and Amelia, 6, examine the gingerbread houses on display before they cast their votes for their favorites at the inaugural Friends of the Santa Clarita Public Library Gingerbread House Contest held at the Valencia Public Library on Saturday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

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Visitors to the Valencia Library last weekend were greeted with a sweet surprise: icing-topped and candy-cane-lined gingerbread houses on display for what organizers hope will become a yearly Gingerbread House Contest.

More than 20 people entered to win, and 12 houses were displayed during the viewing. Locals showed their creativity and skills by adding all sorts of holiday candies.

Some houses even had a theme, including first-place winner in the teen category, “Harry Potter at Honeydukes,” which featured marshmallow-made figurines representing characters from the“Harry Potter” series at the fictional candy store.

Robin Hoklotubbe, a special projects coordinator for the Santa Clarita Public Library, believed the event was a great way to get families involved.

“Families in this community just make them on their own,” Hoklotubbe said. “We thought that would be a perfect reason to have a contest. People do like gingerbread; it says ‘holiday.’”

Contestants could enter in five categories: children, teens, adults, family and professional. Each category was judged by a panel of three: professional food contestant Merry Graham, Councilwoman Marsha McLean, and Jack Levenberg, Friends of Santa Clarita Library president.

At only 5 years old, Valerie Satterfield entered her own gingerbread house. She was excited to see her house on display and plans to enter again next year, she said. 

“This is our first year and we had about 20 submissions,” Hoklotubbe said. “And we hope to do it again next year and go for 50 submissions.”

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