A gingerbread house inspired by Central Whidbey history was one of four winners in an annual holiday contest that has taken place for over a quarter of a century at the Coupeville Library.
This year’s gingerbread house contest, put on by Friends of the Coupeville Library, concluded last weekend. Library employee Kait Hopkins said this year’s contest had 19 participants and 363 ballots cast for the people’s choice award.
Peg Tennant and Kate Rogers won the people’s choice award with their creation, “Rustic Fantasy.”
Rogers and Tennant’s gingerbread house depicts a blockhouse. Early settlers on what is now Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve built the two-story wooden structures to defend against attacks they expected to come from Native Americans. The perceived threat never came to fruition, however, and the blockhouses were put to other uses. Four of the historic structures still stand on Central Whidbey.
Clayton Elliff was the youth winner with his gingerbread house, “Tornado,” and Atalie Rudat took home the teen/adult prize with “Pink House.” Adeline, Hayden, Lara and Scott Maynes won the group division with “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” a gingerbread house inspired by the Ransom Riggs novel and subsequent Tim Burton film of the same name.
The gingerbread house contest has taken place at the library for over 25 years.