HARBOR SPRINGS—The Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commercet has announced the winners of its annual gingerbread contest, which raised more than $700 for charitable organizations this year.
The winners were announced Saturday after the gingerbread houses had been on display at Stafford's Pier Restaurant and voted on by three area judges, according to a chamber news release.
Each entrant was asked to select an area charity and those who viewed the creations were given the opportunity to donate money to their favorite gingerbread houses and corresponding organizations.
Laura Vaughan, representing the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, and Sharla Meyer, representing the Harbor Springs Historical Society and Museum, were voted best in show. Barbara Wagner, representing the Harbor Springs Community Food Pantry took first place in the people's choice category. And Kayla Keane, of East Jordan, representing the cross country team at East Jordan Public Schools won the teen category, according to the news release.
The chamber and its holiday events committee would like to thank Jamie Martin Builder, Wentworth Builders, Inc., and Snow Country Decorating for providing the boards upon which the gingerbread houses were built. And prizes were donated by Mary Ellen's Place, Woolly Bugger Roaster of Fine Coffee, BC Pizza of Harbor Springs, Stafford's Pier Restaurant and Spice Harbor.