About 50 people voted in the annual architectural competition

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO - Candy Cebula displays the confection that won her the coveted gingerbread-house championship. Her melted-Jolly-Rancher technique created both a stained-glass effect for the windows and a water effect for the pond.It was a tough — and mouth-watering — competition this year.

The annual gingerbread-house decorating contest sponsored by Pacific Insurance Partners and held at the News-Times office drew 11 delicious entries from both children and adults.

Community members had a chance to vote for their favorite during Forest Grove City Club’s Holiday in the Grove Dec. 1. The appropriately named Candy Cebula won the People’s Choice award by the slimmest of margins. Her gingerbread house featured stained-glass windows (melted Jolly Ranchers) and a roof of painstakingly placed sliced almonds, along with M&Ms and frosting.

For her culinary and creative efforts, Cebula won a $30 gift certificate to 1910 Main.

Other winners this year, chosen by the News-Times staff--including our office dog, Ace--and the helpful folks at Pacific Insurance Partners were:

• Adults 18 and up: Candy Cebula

• Teens ages 13-17: Neve French

• Youth ages 9-12: Ian Cebula

• Children ages 6-8: Corbin Stanton

• Children ages 5 and under: Marek Stanton

All winners get a $20 gift certificate to the local business of their choice, including Connie’s Corner Café, Pizza Schmizza and A Framer’s Touch.

The Ace Award, chosen by our office dog, Ace--no taste testing of the entries was involved--went to Caitlyn Houser, who created a fine replica of the famous TARDIS from Doctor Who. Houser wins a $10 gift certificate.

All prizes were provided by Pacific Insurance Partners.

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