The Franklin Chamber of Commerce hosted Franklin’s First Annual Gingerbread House Competition during this year’s Winter Wonderland in the Board Room at Franklin’s Town Hall (lower level).
Nineteen bakers designed, baked and decorated their version of gingerbread houses and entered them into the competition. Twelve houses were entered in the children/youth division and seven in the adult division. Entries were judged on a scale of 1-10 based on overall appearance, originality, difficulty and workmanship.
The judges awarded the following entries:
Grand Champion: Kendall Rumans (# 11)
2nd Place: Abbi Hopkins & Erica Myers (# 5)
3rd Place: Kids from the Awtrey, Coker & Beller Families (# 10)
Honorable Mention: Clint Cabe (# 6)
Honorable Mention: Canaan Drake (# 2)
Grand Champion: Laurie Beegle (# 17)
2nd Place: Revonda Roten (# 15)
3rd Place: Mickey McIver & Susan McGrath
Honorable Mention: Lisa Marling (# 18)
Honorable Mention: Sarah Dills (# 14)
During Winter Wonderland the public was given the opportunity to view the entries and vote for their favorite. While everyone was given one vote to cast, the decision was made to award both age divisions. 738 votes were tallied and the People’s Choice winners are:
— Children/Youth Division: The Awtrey, Coker and Beller Families (# 10) The Igloo Family.
— Adult Division: Laurie Beegle (# 17). Laurie recreated her actual home for her entry.
A special thank you to sponsors Edward Jones Financial Advisor Russell Hawkins, State Farm Agents Dustin Chitwood (Walmart Shopping Center), Amy Manshack (Georgia Road) and Cindy Rogers (Highlands Road). The chamber wishes to thank Linda Schlott, Warren Cabe and the Town of Franklin for allowing the use of Town Hall’s board room for the exhibit.