Many parents with young children know the story of the “Little Blue Truck,” a happy, perky vehicle who spends his time helping others.
True fans of the character have probably read “Little Blue Truck’s Christmas,” in which the title character delivers Christmas trees to his animal friends.
Local moms Rachel Kamerer and Heidi Kifowit brought the story to life at the Lacey Timberland Library’s literary gingerbread house contest.
“We saw the contest, and we thought it would be fun,” Kamerer said.
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But she and Kifowit didn’t realize that their cookie creation would steal the show, winning them first prize in the group category and best in show, the award given to the entry with the most overall votes. Awards were presented Saturday at the library.
The display was inspired by Kamerer’s son Teddy, 4, and Kifowit’s son Luke, 4. Kifowit described the boys as “truck buddies,” and said they talk trucks whenever they’re together.
“It’s definitely a favorite in our house,” Kifowit said.
Librarian Kelsey Smith said the contest was first held in 2014. In 2015, about 100 people participated in a decorating day in December, and 31 creations were entered in the contest — six more than last year.
“We’re hoping that this keeps growing and growing and growing,” Smith said.
Winners were chosen in three categories: kids, adults and groups. Decorators drew inspiration from several classic stories — including “Treasure Island,” “The Lord of the Rings,” and “Frog and Toad.”
Smith said that she and fellow librarian Rachel Ikehara-Martin plan to organize the event again next year.
“It’s a lot of fun, and we’re hoping to make it a tradition,” Smith said.