December 17, 2006
The Downtown Business Association held its annual Gingerbread Competition this weekend to raise money for local charities.
In only its third year, the competition is already a hit with people of all ages.
“This year we decided that we would turn it into a winter wonderland for the children because we wanted to make memories and give them something to really have to take away with them; an experience, an adventure, just a wonderful feeling of Christmas and fun,” said Morgan Perkins, Director of Sage Moon Gallery.
The edible artwork was showcased this weekend at the Sage Moon Gallery on the downtown mall.
The lower level of the gallery was transformed into Santa’s workshop, complete with the gizmo's and gadgets.
“It was really cool because there’s all these trains going around and stuff and they're really big,” said Jed Dittmar.
But, the trains weren't the biggest attraction with fans, it was the mansions made of candy.
The grand prize winner in the professional category was a house made by Jenny Peterson of Charlottesville.
It was her second year in the competition and she says she does it because she enjoys the meaning behind it.
“Its a great cause when they auction the houses for the benefit. It’s just fun. Every year it gives you something creative to do,” said Peterson.
The brother and sister winners in the youth division said they just do it for the fun.
“We just found it in the newspaper and we thought it’d be a fun competition,” said Alissa.
All the gingerbread houses were auctioned off after the competition.
The money raised will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Albemarle County.