By Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel
Sitting inside the Johnson family's News Haven home, the golden oak dining room table is occupied by layers upon layers of homemade gingerbread of all shapes, colors and sizes. Christmassy red and green candy cover the kitchen counters as frosting is being vigorously whipped into the proper consistency. As Alene rushes from kitchen to dining room, she and her daughter Larissa brainstorm ways to add more detail to their gingerbread house.
This year's Festival of Gingerbread is bittersweet for 17-year-old Snider student Larissa Johnson. She and her family have been participating in the festival since she was a child. Soon, Larissa will be graduating high school and leaving her competitive gingerbread making life behind her.