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Festival Of Gingerbread Winners

The History Center has announced winners of the 28th annual Festival of Gingerbread competition. A record 149 gingerbread creations were entered in this year’s event.

Winners are:

PreK- 2nd individual:
1st: Mackenzie Bloom
2nd: Tim Smith
3rd: Nolan Roehm

PreK-2nd Group:
1st: Girl Scout Troop 00208
2nd: Emmaus Kindergarten #2
3rd: Oak Farm Montessori P1

3rd-6th Individual:
1st: Austin Johnson
2nd: Ryley Saxe
3rd: Nora Rusher

3rd-6th Group:
1st: Holy Cross Lutheran School
2nd: Girl Scout Troop 27912 #7
3rd: Girl Scout Troop 20169

Teen Individual:
1st: Larissa Johnson
2nd: Susanna Schrenk
3rd: Victoria Etzler

Teen Group:
1st: Nicole and Cheyenne- Anthis Career Center
2nd: Whitko High School Life Skills Class #4
3rd: Whitko High School Life Skills Class #1

Adult Individual:
1st: Jennifer Spurgeon
2nd: Karen Peters
3rd: Caren Merz

Adult Group:
1st: Ferguson Girls
2nd: The Eaglesons
3rd: Ivy Tech Hospitality Club

1st: Leer Family
2nd: Roehm Family
3rd: Fritz Family

1st: Allison Corbrey
2nd: Country Kitchen
3rd: Becky and Mary Kelty

Historical Student: Larissa Johnson

Historical Adult: The Eaglesons

In recognition of former History Center Board member and longtime volunteer Jeanette Quilhot, who has coordinated the Festival of Gingerbread judging for over 20 years, the 1st place award in the Family category has been renamed the Jeanette Quilhot Award.

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

Now in its 28th 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 10,000, who come annually to see the fanciful gingerbread creations on display. Parkview Health is this year’s title sponsor.

The Festival has grown to include well over 100 creations designed and made by entrants from the lower elementary grades to professional culinary artists who vie to win prizes in the multiple levels of entries.

Special holiday exhibits during the Festival include a Wolf and Dessauer display of animatronic characters, an exhibit of “A Christmas Carol” watercolors that once adorned the Patterson Fletcher Department Store, and a display of holiday photos from years past.

Stay current on these events by visiting the History Center’s Facebook page or web site at

Hours during the Festival of Gingerbread, which opens Nov. 29 and closes Dec. 15, are Monday through Thursday 9 am to 5 pm; Friday 9 am to 8 pm; Saturday 9 am to 5 pm; and Sunday Noon to 5 pm.
Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, and free to children age 5 and under. There is an extra charge for special activities or events as indicated.
On Wednesday during Lighting Night in downtown Fort Wayne, admission will $2 from 5 to 9 p.m.
The History Center is located at 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information, visit <; , or call 260.426.2882.