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Judges announce winners of Downers Grove Gingerbread Festival

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 10:32 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:45 a.m. CST
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Abby Rook, 10, of Downers Grove, and her mom, Jen, decorate the community gingerbread house at the "Gingerbread Headquarters" during the Gingerbread Festival in downtown Downers Grove on Friday. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Patrons of the "Gingerbread Headquarters" decide on which gingerbread house to vote for during the Gingerbread Festival in downtown Downers Grove on Friday. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Elaborate edible entries, like this one by Sharon Macak and family, made voting for the best gingerbread house difficult during the Gingerbread Festival in downtown Downers Grove on Friday. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media
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Entries in the DuPage Habitat for Humanity's gingerbread house competition, such as this one made by Patty Sarver Howe, Jessica Avila, Anna Wanderer and Amy Landman, had to made out of all edible ingredients. The competition was part of Gingerbread Festival held in downtown Downers Grove this weekend. Lorae Mundt for Shaw Media

DOWNERS GROVE – Gingerbread houses invaded downtown Downers Grove businesses this weekend for the annual Gingerbread Festival.

Shoppers and judges picked their favorites, and the Downtown Management Corporation tallied the votes.

The judge’s favorite in the professional category was Jessica Villa and team for “Big doll house with rooms.” The fan favorite was Jan Consalvo for “Haunted house.”

In the amateur category, judges picked Patty Sarver’s “Downers Grove Train Station.” Fans picked Reggie Fleck’s “Gingerbread cottage scene.”

In the family category, judges picked the Macak Family’s “Bass Pro Shop.” The fans picked Bre Yano’s “Eiffel Tower.”

During the festival, which ended Sunday, families were also invited to visit the “Gingerbread Headquarters” at 5122 Main St. to see and build more houses.

The festival began Friday with the holiday tree lighting.

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