Photos: Parks and Rec. Gingerbread House Contest winners

Julianne Crist won in the Youth Category for Gingerbread House No. 5, left, and Kathryn McDavid won in the 13-and-older Category for her house, right.

MONROE, CT — Two Monroe Parks and Recreation Department Gingerbread House Contest winners were named for their creations.

Julianne Crist won in the Youth Category and Kathryn McDavid won in the age 13-and-older Category. All of the entries were on display in a gingerbread house village at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library.

Missy Orosz, director of Monroe Parks and Recreation, said this was the third annual contest.

“The past two years we did them virtually because of COVID-19 restrictions,” she said. “This season we wanted to allow people who didn’t have access to technology to have the opportunity to see these wonderful creations up close and personal. Our friends at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library have allowed us some space to display the houses so visitors can check them out in person.”

Voting was online, on the Monroe Parks and Recreation Facebook page through Survey Monkey. Some people also cast votes the old fashioned way, via pen and paper at the library.

“Each year we do this community event, we try to get more people involved, whether it’s viewing or participating,” Orosz said. “My staff and I loved being able to meet the artists in person when they dropped their houses off. This just brings such joy to people who see them all. The amount of creativity is fantastic!”

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