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Holiday cheer in gingerbread: Fountain Crest takes part in annual competition

December 20, 2017
By ERIC DeVAUX ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Residents in a Lehigh Acres retirement community decided to put their creative minds together and make a gingerbread house for a competition to spread holiday cheer within their community.

Sunshine Retirement Living, which owns Fountain Crest Retirement Community, hosts an annual gingerbread house competition for its properties.

Each community chooses a theme for its house. This year, Fountain Crest's residents decided on the Edison and Ford Winter Estates.

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Fountain Crest Retirement Community’s Edison and Ford Estates gingerbread house.

"We couldn't do all the estates, but we did a fair share of it," resident Lee Brinkmeier said.

During the making of the house, the residents had some hardships but found the process fun.

"It was interesting," he said. "I like to build things and that, but the women did all of the decorating."

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To make sure they had it down to the details, Brinkmeier visited the Fort Myers property.

"I went to the Edison House and got some portfolios and brochures and a couple post cards," he said. "We cut out the post cards and that's how we got the different characters in there."

The construction of the gingerbread houses were easy compared to making the picket fence.

"The picket fence was very tedious," Brinkmeier said. "There's over 200 pickets in there."

All the entries are posted on Facebook and the one to receive the most likes will win.

To vote for Fountain Crest, visit and go to "Sunshine Communities 2017 Gingerbread House Competition" under Photos.

Voting ends Dec. 21.

"So far we are in first place," Brinkmeier said.

They hope to get more votes.

"We've had tremendous comments. We want to win," he said.



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