Judges announce winners of Downers Grove Gingerbread Festival

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.