Grand Prize Winner - Ashley Howard Winter Springs, Florida
Results are in for the National Gingerbread House Competition held annually at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa. Hundreds of entries from over 20 states were scrutinized by a panel of 11 elite judges, with winners from four categories selected.
All of the entries from this year's confectionery creations are currently on display throughout the historic inn for everyone to see. The display runs through January 1 and all non-resort guests are welcome to view them from Sunday to Thursday each week.
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Winners in the 2011 National Gingerbread House Competition are:
Grand Prize Winner: Ashley Howard – Winter Springs, Florida;
Adult (18 years and older):
Second Place: Heather Lewis – Austell, Georgia;
Third Place: Barbara Evans & Mary Jo Dowling – Edlestein, Illinois.
Teen (13-17 years old):
First Place: Carly Owens – Swannanoa, North Carolina;
Second Place: Julia Navin – Franklin, Tennessee;
Third Place: Laura Malanowski – Newton, North Carolina.
Youth (9-12 years old):
First Place: Lydia Gentry – Hendersonville, North Carolina;
Second Place: Carley Cantrell – Cookeville, Tennessee;
Third Place: Gabriella Arthur – Easley, South Carolina.
Child (5-8 years old):
First Place: Abby Adkins – Kodak, Tennessee;
Second Place: Kristen Dodd – Arden, North Carolina;
Third Place: Lydia Koenig – Mathews, North Carolina.
Farthest geographical distance traveled:
The Connerley Family (Jennifer, Kelsey, Mackenzie & Kaitlyn) – Naples, FL