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Sweet success: Chamber, Farm Bureau sponsor gingerbread house decorating contest

The inaugural Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by Unicoi County Farm Bureau and coordinated by the Unicoi County Chamber of Commerce was a success, according to event organizers.
“We are very pleased with the first Gingerbread House Contest,” Chamber Executive Director Amanda Delp said. “We had eight wonderful entries. We felt like for the first year of the contest that was a wonderful number.
“The entries this year really set the bar for future years.”
Winning the inaugural competition was Tracy Hoilman who said his house took a week to construct and decorate.
Sandy Green and her sons, Alex and Max, took second place with their church design, complete with manger scene.
Taking third place was Tara Hamlin and Michael Baker. They entered a Volkswagon van fit for any University of Tennessee fan.
The theme of the contest was “Dreaming of a White Christmas,” Delp also said.
“Elaborate or simple, big or small, nothing gets you into the holiday spirit like building and designing your own gingerbread house,” she continued. “This was the perfect opportunity to start a new tradition and it’s never too early to begin working on this awesome event.
“We hope to have even more entries for the 2015 event. We hope all of the contestants enter again. We can’t wait to see what everyone will come up with.”
Delp also said coordinators hope to have enough entries to divide the competition into a variety of divisions next year.
Also submitting entries for the inaugural contest were: Eli and Pam Harris, Charity Harness, Madison Harris, Tim and Judy Williams and the employees of Mountain Commerce Bank.