The entries composed not only a delectable treat to the eyes, but to the nose too as the air was filled with the aromas of gingerbread in the finest form. If you weren't at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention Visitors Bureau's Welcome Center on Saturday, we can never describe the air inside, but we do have a photo of the Best of Show.

With entries that scaled from the children's division through adult and professional, it was pastry chef, Joseph Agustin's, entry of the Calcasieu Parish Courthouse complete with Christmas trees in the front yard and garland around the columns all the way to the copper-topped dome that won Best of Show.

Gingerbread House Best of Show - Photo Lake Charles CVB

From The Lake Charles/SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau a Complete List of Winners From The Annual Gingerbread House Contest

Held annually in conjunction with the Christmas Lighting Festival, there are awards in several categories, school groups, Scouting is represented, and so on. Here they are as listed from the Lake Charles CVB.

In the Children’s Division, Sydni Broussard won first place, Adryan (sic) and Doryan Savoie came in second, and Ayla Joiner placed third.

In the Pre-K Division, T.H. Watkins, Shelby O’Blanc’s class took first place. Our Lady Queen of Heaven Girl Scouts Daisies Troop 238 came in second.

 In the Children with Exceptionalities Division, Kaufman Elementary, Jennifer Cryer’s class took first place. Second place went to Kaufman Elementary, Tina Harris’s class. Third place went to Kaufman Elementary, Heather Lawson’s class.

 In the Elementary School Division, Dolby Elementary’s Art Club captured the first-place vote. Rebecca Snead’s class at DeQuincy Elementary School came in second, and Tiffany Hill’s class from E.K. Key Elementary School took third place.

Taking home first place in the Middle School Division was Iowa Middle School, Jamie Robert’s Class. Second place went to the S.J. Welsh, Elizabeth Guidry’s class.

Taking home first place in the High School Division was Sam Houston High School’s Beta Club. Second place went to Washington Marion High’s Art Club.  Third place went to LaGrange High School’s National Art Society.

 In the Professional Division, Pastry Chef Joseph Agustin with Golden Nugget won first place.   

In the Adult Division, Kristan Lau-Easton earned first place. Second place went to Keleigh Dempsey, and Connie Broussard came in third.

You Can Go By and See Them Through December

Now that you're imagining the aroma and the sights, the good news is all the entrants are on display at the bureau through the end of the month. It's a relaxing way to take a break from shopping or I-10 traffic.

The Lake Charles CVB is right on the lake and I-10 at 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, La. Coming from Texas, it's the very first exit coming down the I-10 bridge. From the east, take the exit for Steamboat Bills and circle around under the bridge to the bureau on the lake.