Toni Martinazzi told The Cadiz Record that she was disqualified from the contest, which took place during Dec. 1’s Festival of Trees, because several figurines featured in her entries were not edible. However, she said she won first prize last year even though her entry featured an inedible tree and aluminum foil on a bell tower. She said that she was given $150 for first prize last year. She said that she kept $50, gave $50 to her daughter at Princeton’s Bright Life Farms for Christmas gifts and the other $50 to Bright Life Farms itself. She said she had been planning to do the same this year, and will still give the gingerbread houses for display at Bright Life Farms.
JMAM Board President Jean Martin said that she wasn’t sure why Martinazzi wasn’t disqualified last year, but thought it might have been because it was her first entry. Martin said that she called Martinazzi the day before the judging because she had a question about her entry, but Martinazzi was out of town. She didn’t discover that she had been disqualified until she arrived at home after the weekend was over.
Martinazzi submitted one entry that represented the nursery rhyme about the old woman who lived in the shoe. The entry featured more than 10 inedible figures, including the old woman herself. The other was a log cabin with pecan roof shingles, and featured an inedible man knocking on an outhouse and a woman on the front porch.
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