Within minutes it was clear that some teams had experienced builders…not their first gingerbread rodeo. They pulled in all the construction trades and probably had running water and electric lights inside while the rest of us struggled to open our bags of frosting “mortar” and connect our gingerbread walls.
The collection of rainbow colored candies gave the staff from the LGBTQ Center a distinct advantage for a thematic tie in with their program…which impressed the judges. Some teams went off road, drawing from the buffet table to adorn their houses with features that make a house a home…like broccoli shrubs and spring roll chimneys.
In an effort to impress the judges many teams incorporated the FCS initials or logo…some with more success than others. A well placed dollar appeared to be a bribe for the judges…turns out it was just a charitable donation to the agency.
HGTV and the Food Network had nothing on some of these homes. It was like they channeled the Property Brothers and will probably be featured on House Hunters next week. The precision roof shingles, welcoming entrances, and custom décor set a standard that would have impressed even the Cake Boss, Duff Goldman.
In the end, the builders and artists may have won the day but not all the awards. The judges came up with an award and something positive to say about every house!
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