The Christmas in the City gingerbread cookie decorating event was held Nov. 29 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the CenturyLink Building in downtown Clinton. This second year event was sponsored by the Clinton Main Street Program and the Sampson Arts Council.
According to Kara Donatelli, executive director of the Arts Council, a total of 171 attended, with 74 kids and 97 involved in the activity. Gingerbread cookies were baked by the Midway High School vocational education students in Anne Price’s class.
“The kids had a blast decorating their beautiful and delicious gingerbread men…and women. Thank you to our adult and Clinton High School Beta Club volunteers for making this event a huge success and to CenturyLink for hosting this event. The creativity in these houses was amazing,” noted the director.
The houses were displayed at the Gingerbread Cookie decorating event at CenturyLink on Nov. 29; all the houses are now being displayed in local businesses all over town for the holidays. A total of 16 people participated with eight children and eight adults entering their division for the competition. The houses were judged by local chef Steven Clarke.
Vickie Crane was selected the Best in Show winner. She constructed her church which even included stained glass windows. Crane’s church is on display at the Small House until Dec. 12, and will then move to Alfredo’s.
Angela Ruggles’ gingerbread house was selected by the public as the People’s Choice Award. Ruggles also took first place in the Adult Division and her house is on display at Butler’s Gifts.
First place winner in the Child Division was Kyle McKee. Kyle’s house can be seen at Professional Eyecare in downtown Clinton.
Other winners in the Child Division included: Ashton Fann, who won second place. Her house is on display at Rebecca’s of Clinton; Brayden Bland, third place and can be seen at Sessoms Jewelry; Erica Pope and Brynna Thompson received an honorable mention and are displayed at Hi-Lites; Adrian Donatelli and Ethan Donatelli both received honorable mentions and their houses can be viewed at the Victor R. Small House; Silas Bradley’s house can be seen at Twice as Nice and the Mercer Family — Becky, Hunter and Will — is displayed at the Small House.
Other winners in the Adult Division were: Second place, the Smith Family, Sharon, Peyton and Preston and is displayed at GO Toyota; third place went to LeAnn Honeycutt and can be seen at Chris and Company; Megan Scronce, Lance Stewart and Mason Stewart received an honorable mention and is on display at Butler’s Gifts. Another honorable mention went to Audrey Whetten and her house is on display at the Sampson County History Museum; Eli Bradley’s house is on display at Twice As Nice and Alison Bradshaw’s house can be seen at the Victor R. Small House.
Donatelli shared that she was extremely pleased at the participation and was amazed at the creativity and quality of work that each person put into their house.
“The Gingerbread House Contest is so successful we hope to see it continue in the future. Please visit the various businesses where these houses are on display. Maybe you can start thinking about what you would like to do for next year,” remarked the director.