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Central Point family sweeps annual GingerBread Jubilee awards

The Corcoran family of Central Point swept awards at this year's GingerBread Jubilee.

Representing Dragonfly Landscaping, Melisa Corcoran and daughter Rhiannon — with help from 11-year-olds Delayna Moore and Myranda Ladd — claimed top prizes in all three competitive categories at Craterian Performances' annual fundraiser. The entirely edible sculptures will be auctioned off tonight at Medford's Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater and will join 30 others on display starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

After falling short of "best of show" for the past three years, 39-year-old Melisa Corcoran landed back on top with her "Christmas in Wine Country." The entry also awarded her the $1,000 grand prize.

A frequent "people's choice" winner, Corcoran appealed to wine enthusiasts with her gingerbread "barrels," overhung with gumball grape clusters and populated with wining and dining fondant mice. Corcoran has participated in the Jubilee since 2003, its inaugural year. Last year's event raised nearly $90,000 for the Craterian.

Rhiannon, 10, crafted the witch's cottage from the classic tale "Hansel and Gretel" to win first place in the student category and $500. Details include a fiery cook pot, book titled "101 Ways to Cook Kids," and miniature sheet pans of gingerbread men inside the cottage kitchen.

The family also won first place and $500 in the group category, along with the distinction of best adherence to this year's theme, "Gingerbread Around the World." The Corcorans' "World of Christmas" depicts a gingerbread "globe" ringed with the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Great Pyramids and Empire State Building, complete with King Kong clutching a gingerbread man.

First place in the adult category went to veteran baker Vickie Eastwood for her "Christmas at the Mill," portraying a water wheel on a blue candy creek. Second place was claimed by Kathy Yeoman's "St. Basil's Cathedral," and third place went to Kate Begovich's chocolate wafer-covered St. Peter's Basilica, titled "Christmas in Rome."

In the student category, local Girl Scout Troop 30154 took second place with its rock-candy "mountain" and "lemonade springs." No third-place prize was awarded in the category, which lacked other entries.

In the group category, Paula, Katelyn and Madigan Smith took second place for their "Hundred Acre Wood" with Winnie-the-Pooh and A.A. Milne's other beloved characters. Third-place winners Lillian and Jean Mickson submitted a tribute to the Pink Ribbon campaign in the form of a "Princess Castle."

Entries will be auctioned off during tonight's gala event, starting at 5 p.m. at the Craterian, 23 S. Central Ave. The $75 admission includes food and beverages; reservations are required. Call 541-779-8195, ext. 303.

The community tour runs through Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the theater. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Admission costs $3 per person.

Reach reporter Sarah Lemon at 541-776-4487 or e-mail slemon@mailtribune.com.