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Jill Wurdell carried away not only the people's choice award in the Public Library's annual Gingerbread Contest, but also 1st place in the adult-traditional category. Prize money for each first place was $50, earning Wurdell a nice stipend to help with holiday expenses. <i>Debbie Griffin photo</i>

Gingerbread bakers entered a total of 24 creations into the annual Gingerbread Contest, for which winners were announced Dec. 13.

The contest puts contestants into one of three groups - adults, youth and graham crackers - and into one of four categories: Architectural, whimsical, graham cracker and people's choice.

First place in each group earns $50, while second place earns $25. Young contestants in the graham-cracker category earned $10 or $5 for first or second place. The River Falls State Bank sponsors the contest and provides prize money.

Judges choose the winners except for the people's choice award, which citizens decide by voting. Creations in the Gingerbread Contest will be on display at the River Falls Public Library, 140 Union St. through Thursday, Dec. 20.

In the 2012 contest, people chose Jill Wurdell's 'Life at the Cabin' creation as the winner. See all the winner in photo gallery attached to this story.