To the editor:

In our fourth Kent Gingerbread Festival, we had more than 60 completed maps returned to SoDelicious Homemade bakery, which we considered a great success.

Each completed map received a special treat as a reward for participating.

The winners are, based on popular vote from the maps handed in, Amy Bocompani and her sister for a dog house hosted by JJ Grogans (first place, $75); Christine Short for a pink ginger mansion hosted by Gifford’s Market (second place, $50); Dave Fairty for a ginger village and log cabin hosted by Backcountry Outfitters and Annie Bananie Ice Cream and the Villager staff for a winter scene in the Villager’s front window (tie for third place, $30).

Honorable mention for creativity was awarded to Lindsey Kerr for a Hobbit House hosted by Richard Lindsey Booksellers and Dick and Charlotte Lindsey; Candie Fredritz for a mystical bird house hosted by Tea and Dreams; Kent Center School Student Council's team for a church hosted by Kent Memorial Library; and Kathy Dolan for a Minion House with neat LED lights hosted by Panini Café.

A prize of $25 was awarded to each of the honorable mention winners.

We would like to thank The Village Barns for sponsoring the fest, SoDelicious Homemade Bakery for offering prizes to the visitors that played the riddle and The Kent Chamber of Commerce for helping to make it happen.

Thanks also to Tim Good for updating the map and all of the hosts and bakers for making this event so successful.

Darlene Brady, Melissa Cherniske, Ellen Corsell

The Ginger Girls