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January 15, 2009

Gingerbread Statehouse on Display in Statehouse Lobby

Statehouse replica made with local products commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Statehouse

Montpelier, Vt – The Vermont State Legislature returned to a Statehouse that is celebrating its 150th birthday. A Statehouse replica made entirely from gingerbread and candies was on hand at the opening day to commemorate the occasion.

“Vermont’s Statehouse has the two oldest legislative chambers in the United States that are still being used in their original state. As we celebrate this momentous anniversary we’re mindful of the age of the building and its beauty, as well as the unique opportunity that Vermonters have to visit the Statehouse and be involved in the legislative process,” commented David Schutz, Vermont Statehouse Curator.

Vermont Agency of Agriculture employee Helen Labun Jordan and her mother Jane Labun volunteered many hours to build the sweet model. Their creation takes some artistic license, like chocolate cows on the roof, licorice cannons, and maple candy “statues” of Ethan Allen and Ceres, the goddess of agriculture who sits on top of the dome.

The Agency of Agriculture sponsored a similar creation last year for the Guilford Welcome Center to remind visitors to shop for local specialty products during the holidays. “We’re grateful to the participating businesses again this year,” said Jordan. “We had donations from several Vermont candy makers and, for the first time, Montpelier now has its own independent candy store, Delish which was a big help.”

New to this year’s gingerbread creation is a raffle to determine who gets the display at the end of its two week tenure. Anyone visiting the Statehouse lobby can make a donation to the Vermont Foodbank in return for a raffle ticket. This arrangement benefits Vermont’s efforts to fight hunger during a difficult time of year for many families. You have until Friday, January 16 to enter the raffle.

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who donated candy:

Delish Candy Store

Birnn Chocolates

Butterfly Bakery

Lake Champlain Chocolates

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

Nutty Steph’s Chocolate Pleasures

Bruce Martell

Vermont Maple Outlet

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: January 15, 2009 08:52:17