History Center announces Festival of Gingerbread winners


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News release from the History Center:

History Center announces Festival of Gingerbread winners

(November 25, 2014) – The History Center has announced winners of the 29th annual Festival of Gingerbread competition.

Winners are:

Pre-K-2nd Grade Individual:

  1. Colin Haupert
  2. Jamie Izak
  3. Reid Setser

Pre-K-2nd Grade Group:

  1. Early Childhood Alliance Room 12
  2. St. Vincent Troop IN3712 Tenderheart
  3. Girl Scout Troop 367

3rd-6th grade Individual:

  1. Laura Maxwell
  2. Gwendolynn Pettibone
  3. Joey Haupert

3rd6th Grade Group:

  1. Holy Cross Lutheran School #9
  2. Logan and Joseph Gerbers and Will and Henry Nussbaum
  3. Children’s Autism Center #1

Teen Individual:

  1. Austin Johnson
  2. Danielle Oliver
  3. Max Niblick

Teen Group:

  1. Courtney and Christina Trowbridge
  2. Alyssa and Alyssa- Anthis Career Center
  3. Courtney, Monte, and Tori- Anthis Career Center

Adult Individual:

  1. Karen Peters
  2. Caren Merz
  3. Brooke Waikel

Adult Group:

  1. The Eaglesons
  2. The Ferguson Girls
  3. Heidi Leon, Stacy Thomas, Deb Gates, Lisa Bradley, and Marc Goeglein


  1. Johnson Family
  2. Lutz Family
  3. Schipper Family


  1. Becky and Mary Kelty
  2. Zinnia’s Bakehouse
  3. Country Kitchen (Becky Carpenter)

Historical Student:

  • Austin Johnson

Historical Adult:

  • The Eaglesons


People’s Choice Awards will be announced at the end of the Festival.

Now in its 29th year, the Festival, which raises money to support programs at the History Center, has become a holiday tradition that boasts an attendance of more than 12,000, who come annually to see the fanciful gingerbread creations on display. Parkview Health is this year’s title sponsor.

The Festival has grown to include well over 100 creations designed and made by entrants from the lower elementary grades to professional culinary artists who vie to win prizes in the multiple levels of entries.

Special holiday exhibits during the Festival include a Wolf and Dessauer display of animatronic characters, an exhibit of “A Christmas Carol” watercolors that once adorned the Patterson Fletcher Department Store, and a display of holiday photos from years past.

Stay current on these events by visiting the History Center’s Facebook page or web site at www.fwhistorycenter.com.

Hours during the Festival of Gingerbread, which opens Nov. 28 and closes Dec. 14, are Monday through Thursday 9 am to 5 pm; Friday 9 am to 8 pm; Saturday 9 am to 5 pm; and Sunday Noon to 5 pm.

Admission is $6 adults, $4 seniors and students, and free to children age 2 and under. There is an extra charge for special activities or events as indicated.

On Wednesday during Lighting Night in downtown Fort Wayne, admission will $3 from 5 to 9 p.m.
The History Center is located at 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information, visit www.fwhistorycenter.com, or call 260.426.2882.


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