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Ellen Somerville, 9, Hudson, won first place in the youth whimsical category of the River Falls Public Library’s annual gingerbread house competition, with her "Lambeau Field" gingerbread house. Somerville, said she chose to make a gingerbread replica of Lambeau Field because she is a Packers fan.1 / 11
Meredith Okal won second place in the youth whimsical category for her "Cash Register" gingerbread house.2 / 11
Cousins Nicole O'Malley and Caroline Loe won first place in the youth traditional category for their "St. Mary's Church" gingerbread house. The girls also won the people's choice award. 3 / 11
Lily Schartau tied for second place in the youth traditional category with her "Royal Icing" gingerbread house.4 / 11
Benjamin Holmes tied for second place in the youth traditional category with this gingerbread house. 5 / 11
Entering the public library’s gingerbread contest was a family affair for the Simpsons. Their “Disney Frost Castle” gingerbread house placed first in the adult traditional category. Shown from left are three-year-old Alex, dad Scot, 10-year-old Madeline, 8-year-old Ben and 6-year-old Sam Simpson. Not shown: Rachel Simpson. 6 / 11
The Simpson Family--Scot, Rachel and children Madeline, Ben, Sam and Alex--worked together to create their "Disney Frost Castle" gingerbread house. The family won first prize in the adult traditional category.7 / 11
Jorah Somerville won first place in the graham cracker category for her "Cookoo clock" graham cracker creation.8 / 11
Blake Fredrickson won second place in the graham cracker category for the creation, "Tree House."9 / 11
Kay Huppert won first place in the adult whimsical category with her "Indian Village" gingerbread creation.10 / 11
Kim Kiiskinen won second place in the adult whimsical category for her "Stonehenge at Winter Solstice" gingerbread house.11 / 11

From castles to a football stadium, the River Falls Public Library's annual gingerbread competition was filled with creative confections this year.

The contest is co-sponsored by the library and River Falls State Bank, which provided the prize money and one of the three judges. The entries were split into two age groups — adults and youth 16 and under, and two categories; architectural — including houses and other structures — and whimsical, which could be just about anything, according to library event coordinator Katie Chaffee.

The prizes were $50 for first place and $25 for second place in all regular categories. Somerville will share her winnings with her friend Sophie Cuzupryna, Hudson, who helped her build the house. Somerville and her cousin, 7-year-old Jorah Somerville, Hudson, make gingerbread houses with their grandmother Sue Somerville, River Falls, each year. 

For more photos, see the Dec. 19 print edition of the River falls Journal.

Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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