For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Elizabeth Eustis, public relations manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or 800-456-7952

Gingerbread House Contest Winners Named

LAKE CHARLES, La. (December 6, 2014)-The annual Gingerbread House Contest winners were announced at noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau's Welcome Center, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive.

The contest, held in conjunction with the annual Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival, features awards in different categories including amateurs and school groups. Southwest Louisiana's goodwill ambassador and mascot, Gumbeaux Gator was on hand to take pictures with the winners. Maplewood Middle Choir also entertained the guests with a holiday performance.

This year, entries highlighted themes such as a Candy Land, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Once Upon A Time's town of Storybrooke and a Cajun house on candy cane piers.

In the Children's division, Korah LeBleu took first place, Ariauna Loy placed second and Sydney Hill captured third.

First place went to Logan Sensat in the Teen Division.

In the Pre-School and Kindergarten Division, Amber Green's class from Kaufman Elementary took first place. Tina Harris' class from Kaufman Elementary came in second.

In the Elementary School Division, W T Henning 4-H Club took first place. Second place went to EK Key Elementary Junior Beta Club.

In the Middle School Division, Jamie Roberts' class from JI Watson captured the first place vote. Sarah Harmon's class from FK White placed second, and Vinton Middle Art Club took third place.

Taking home first place in the High School Division was Sulphur High's Pro-Start Program. Second place went to College Street Vocational Center.

In the Club/Organization Division, Lake Charles Girl Scout Troop 401 placed first. Grand Lake Girl Scout Troop 740 took second.

First place in the Amateur Adult Division went to First Federal Bank Employee Volunteer Group. Donna Anding won second place.

The Best of Show went to Sulphur High's Pro-Start Program. Their entry was titled Alice in Winterland. The creation features sugar characters of Alice and the Red Queen, candy roses, and a large castle complete with a waffle cone towers.

The winning gingerbread houses will remain on display at the bureau throughout the month of December. Residents and tourists visiting the Welcome Center may vote on the "People's Choice Award". The winners will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 10 a.m. at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or visit