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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.

Gingerbread contestants taste sweet success

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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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