LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Over 250 visitors and residents cast their vote in this year's gingerbread house competition at the southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Houses this year included the Calcasieu parish courthouse and the McNeese cowboy stadium. Nineteen houses were in the running for people's choice, but there could only be one winner in each division. In the children's division, Debbie Wild's eighth grade class from J. I. Watson middle school took home the title. Their house featured a winter wonderland with Santa Clause, igloos and the north pole.
For the adult division, the Foltz family captured people's choice with their replica of Millennium Park. The pirate ship house included slides, gazebos and swings. They credit hours of being at the park inspired them for this year's competition.
"We go to know that park really well," said Patty Foltz. "And we had a lot of fun doing it. We had a different idea for what we were going to do for gingerbread this year until we spent all that time out there and we thought well if we could build it out of wood, let's build it out of gingerbread. So we changed our mind and this is what we did. We had lots of fun."
The annual gingerbread house competition has been held for over twenty years. Look for it again next year during the first weekend of December.