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Here are the winners of this year’s Belleville Gingerbread Contest

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Belleville, IL is again hosting its annual Gingerbread house making contest. A BND video series shows how to make your own gingerbread creation. This is the first of three lessons.
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Belleville, IL is again hosting its annual Gingerbread house making contest. A BND video series shows how to make your own gingerbread creation. This is the first of three lessons.

Contestants in the 29th annual Belleville Gingerbread Contest won over $4,000 in prize money and the Best of Show award went to Jennifer Morimoto for her creation “The Land of the Remembered.”

All of the contest entries have been placed in downtown shops along Main Street and they will be on display throughout the Christmas season.

You can see Morimoto’s entry at Halo Boutique, 119 E. Main St. The Best of Show category was sponsored by Art on the Square.

Here are the other 2018 winners:

Master’s category

First place, $600: Amanda Landers, “Making a List”

Second place, $300: Judy Zillen, “Skyview Drive-in at Christmas.”

Third place, $200: Susan Rogers, “Rub a Dub Dub”

Category sponsored by Downtown Development/Redevelopment Commission and the Belleville Exchange Club.

General category

First place, $300: Teresa Hessel and Suzanne Kugler, “Picking Fun”

Second place, $200: Patricia Keim, “Holly Lodge”

Third place, $100: Lynda Rueff, “Christmas Hoedown”

Category sponsored by Hoernis Auto Body and Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Fantasy/Animated category

First place, $300: Emma Pritchard, “Centaur”

Second place, $200: Diana Guenther-Legate, “Trolls Santa’s List”

Third place, $100: Renee Brown, “Alice”

Category sponsored by Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce.

First-time Entrants category

First place, $300: Jacqueline Ruiz, “Krachen Kristmas”

Second place, $200: Lauren Mand, “Grateful, Thankful, Blessed”

Third place, $100: Kathy Drollette, “Winter Fairies.”

Category sponsored by Memorial Hospital/BJC.

Children’s categories

Best of Show, $100

Erin Halleran, “Erin’s Farm”

Kindergarten to Fifth-grade

First place, $75: Kennadi Totel, “Hugs, Kisses & Fairy Wishes”

Second place, $50: Liam Clark, “Lighthouse Cove”

Third place (tie), $25: Lilliana and Caleb Maitret, “Gingerbread Cabin” and Evangeline Landers, “Flower House.”

Sixth-grade to 12th-grade

First place, $75: Bella Durbin, “Cozy Log Cabin”

Second place, $50: Mary Neisler and Norleen Frame, “Celebrating the Bicentennial of Illinois”

Third place, $25: Madeline Thompson, “Magical Meadows”

Children’s Group

First place, $75: Sarah Gagen, “Creative in Kindergarten”

Second place, $50: Heather Sherrod, “A Brownie’s Hometown Pride”

Third place, $25: Holy Trinity, “The Trusty Cabin”

All children’s categories sponsored by the Bank of Edwardsville.

Special Awards

Mayor’s Choice Award, presented by Mayor Mark Eckert

Teresa Hessel and Suzanne Kugler, “Picking Fun”

Celebrity’s Choice Award, presented by John Pertzborn of KTVI-Channel 2

Eileen Kinney-Kach, “Kach Family Winter Retreat”

SWIC Pick Ribbon, presented by the Culinary Arts and Food Management Department

Erin Halleran, “Erin’s Farm”

Hallmark Award Plaque, presented by the St. Clair County Historical Society

Vanda Loughary, “Simpler Time”

Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.


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