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Festival of Gingerbread tradition for New Haven family

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.

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(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
(Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
The Johnson families submission to the 2013 Festival of Gingerbread. (Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
Larissa Johnson won first in the teenage category and the historical theme category. (Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
Larissa Johnson won first in the teenage category and the historical theme category. (Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
Larissa Johnson's 2012 submission was a replica of the Bass Mansion near the University of Saint Francis. (Photo courtesy of the Johnson family)
The 2013 Festival of Gingerbread had a record number of submissions. (Photo by Jaclyn Goldsborough of The News-Sentinel)
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