Flemington votes for favorite gingerbread house

December 9, 2013 by  

Gingerbread houses are a holiday tradition for plenty of people and, for the past three years, the Hunterdon County Library in Flemington has held a contest looking for the most creative gingerbread houses. This year’s contest was the biggest yet for the library, receiving 32 entries compared to 20 in 2012 and 10 in 2011.

Jim Thatch, the program coordinator for the library, believes that the increased number of entries this year was due to more publicity early on. The library could opt to make use of printing services in the next few years to spread the word even more.

Many of the gingerbread entries were landmarks familiar to anyone who lives in Flemington. There were gingerbread versions of the Ringoes and Flemington train stations, Jimmy’s ice cream stand complete with a mini-golf course, and Raritan’s Dvoor Farm.

The winners of the contest were chosen on December 4 during a reception and ceremony held in the evening. Richelle Sommer and Sue Ann Robinson won ‘Best in Show’ for their gingerbread version of the Lebanon Township Museum.

Riley Dosch won first place in the children’s category for her version of Hunterdon County Farm. The gingerbread Dvoor Farm, made by Amanda Spiegel, took home an honorable mention in the children’s category. Meanwhile, 92-year-old Pola Grinbaum received a special award for building a gingerbread version of the Grinbaum Chicken Farm.

All of the entries are on display at the library and can be seen by the public whenever the library is open.