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    GingerBread Jubilee features field of new and seasoned bakers for event's 10th year
  • Her efforts earned "best of show" and shaped the largest piece of gingerbread a Medford festival has seen.
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  • Her efforts earned "best of show" and shaped the largest piece of gingerbread a Medford festival has seen.
    But Shannon Haptonstall still hopes to make a name for herself at the GingerBread Jubilee.
    "I've never gambled with gingerbread before," says the Eagle Point resident.
    Haptonstall wagered on winning while employed at Harry & David, which took the Jubilee's top prize in 2006 for a painstakingly painted and peopled, Bavarian-themed, gingerbread village. The entry, she says, represented more than six weeks of her paid, full-time work in addition to another Harry & David employee's.
    "It was the most fun I ever had as a job," says Haptonstall, who previously used the surname Wheeler and retired two years ago from a 25-year career in bakery production.
    Haptonstall says, after winning, she advocated for Harry & David to bow out of competition and bake only for exhibition at the annual fundraiser for Craterian Performances. The next year, the team wowed observers with its 6-foot-long, old-fashioned pickup painted with the Harry & David logo, gifts in tow.
    Haptonstall says she encased the vehicle's bumpers with edible, silver foil and blew its headlights from molten candy but lacquered it so heavily that, months later, it "cracked up like an old teapot."
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