Christmas fair a success |

Christmas fair a success

Best of Show winner Cathy Rodgers of Browns Valley.
Nevada County Fairgrounds |

A successful canned food drive, more than 120 vendors and 42 gingerbread houses built made the 29th annual Country Christmas Faire at the Nevada County Fairgrounds a success.

The 11th annual Gingerbread House Competition was once again a crowd favorite with 42 entries received. Of those entries, the Best of Show winner was Cathy Rodgers of Browns Valley, and the People’s Choice Award went to Joanne Perilman and crew of Grass 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 Bailey Ingalis and Jillian Beaver (age 5 and younger); Willow West, Hunter Casteel and Finn Becker (age 6-8); Owen Strolle, Nate Becker and Molly Becker (age 9-12); Jenna Deutschman (age 13-17); Tina Ennis (age 18-64); Joan Morton (age 65 and older); Keith Wemple (special needs); Girl Scout Troupe 1024, The Awesomes, Sunday School Class, S. Lemons third-grade class, GVSD fourth grade, GVSD second grade and first grade Clear Creek School (group – children); Yvonne Read (family); and Andres Price (Adult/Group – ages 18 and older).

The first-place winner in the nontraditional category is Cathy Rodgers (adult/group – ages 18 and older).

With the help of the Grass Valley Elks, Sunday’s canned food drive collected enough food to feed 30 Nevada County families during the Christmas season.

The names of the Gingerbread House Competition winners can be found on the Web at http://

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