Best in show |

Best in show

A no-traditional bird house creation by Wanda Dunn of Penn Valley took the Best of Show award for the gingerbread house contest heldat the 2012 Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
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A successful canned-food drive, more than 100 vendors and 55 gingerbread houses built made the 28th annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds a success.

The 10th annual Gingerbread House Competition was once again a crowd favorite, with 55 entries received. Of those entries, the Best of Show winner was Wanda Dunn of Penn Valley, and the People’s Choice Award went to Kathy Kinney of Penn Valley.

The Best of Show is chosen by the judges, and the People’s Choice is selected through ballots cast by individuals who attend the Craft Faire.

First-place winners in the traditional categories include MaKenna Chapman, Preston Lancaster and Finn Becker (child 5 and younger); Owen Strolle and Delaney Aday (child 6-8); Aiden Keller (child 9-12); Joe Ceselini (kits 8 and younger); Ariana Hoffman (teen 13-17); Sherry Andreini (adult 18-64); Mary Abbott (adult 65 and older); GVSD ASP Scotten Kindergarten and Baylie and Brina Stratton (group children).

First-place winners in the non-traditional categories include Corbin Beals (child 5 and younger); Keegan Thompson (child 9–12); Toria Kinney (teen 13-17); Wanda Dunn (adult 18–64); GVSD ASP Scotten third and fourth grade (group children); the Jimenez Family (group family); and Joanne Perilman and Company (group adult 18 older).

With the help of Help Other People Eat in Nevada County, Sunday’s canned-food drive collected more than 480 pounds of non-perishable canned food, which is enough to feed 20 families for a month.

These donations will be used at the organization’s Dec. 15 food distribution. HOPE in Nevada County is a program established through the Grass Valley Elks, who partner with the Food Bank of Nevada County to feed those in need. HOPE distributes food on the third Saturday of every month to anyone in the county in need of food and emergency food.

Additionally, the Wellmon family, which operates the Grinders food booth at the Country Christmas Faire, received $175 in tips at the event and will match that amount and donate $350 to the local Food Bank.

The names of all the Gingerbread House Competition winners can be found on the fairgrounds’ website at The 2013 Country Christmas Faire is planned for Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1.

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