Published On: Fri, Nov 18th, 2011

Christmas goodies

HARTINGTON — Even though Thanksgiving is a week away, Hartington area residents are going full steam ahead with their preparations for the Candlelight Christmas celebration.

Candlelight Christmas Cookie baking contest organizers, Kristi Bruning and Jackie Steffen, gather together the left-overs of the 34 entries to the first annual Christmas Cookie Baking Contest.

The four categories and winnners are, Candy-like, Alice Pommer;  Decorated and Traditional, Julie Bruning Harding; and Youth, Grace Wortmann.

Judges for the event were Brian Phelan, Jim Anderson, Kaly Rutar, Peggy Year and Bill Schulte. The judges had a very difficult time making the final decision, but enjoyed every last crumb of the contest entries.