York, PA - All ages took part in the cupcake wars at Paul Smith Library as prizes were awarded in four age groups and a special People's Choice Award was given to the entry that received the most money for the library.
The entries were based on the theme "Dream Big, Read" and included everything from a jumping over the moon to Winnie the Pooh, all made from sugar, gum paste and other tasty things.
Emily Gloeckner, 11, of Shrewsbury placed second in her age group with a cupcake depicting marshmallows toasting over a campfire.
"I was dreaming that you can roast marshmallows over a campfire. Its fun to toast marshmallows with my friends," said Emily, a member of Girl Scout Troop 532.
The fire was made from tiny pieces of candy and the marshmallows came from a package of hot chocolate mix.
A sheep jumping over the moon was the creation of 12-year-old Calie Swegon of Stewartstown. The sheep was reading a book and wearing a tiny pair of wire-framed glasses while reading a book called "Dream Big."
"When you go to sleep at night you have to count sheep and if you do you will dream," Calie explained.
Calie was the winner of the People's Choice award, raising $33 for the library. People voted for their favorite cupcakes by donating money to the library.
Twin sisters Isabella and Alysandra Chen, 8, of New Freedom talked about their entries while they waited for the winners their age group to be announced.
A snake was coiled on Isabella's entry but some edible sparkles sprinkled over his back made him look less scary.
"I like snakes and they come out at night," she said.
Her sister, Alysandra, opted to decorate her cupcake with fireflies saying, "We see them early in the evening," adding that sometimes she and her sister catch fireflies.
Judy Shriver, of New Freedom, entered her "Wizard of Oz" themed cupcake in the adult division.
It featured a road sign with arrows pointing to areas designated by book subjects such as mystery, fiction, adventure and history. There was the yellow brick road, Toto and Dorothy's red slippers, all on the top of a cupcake.
The audience was treated to a sugar sculpture demonstration by Susan Notter, winner of Food Network's Halloween Wars and program director at the York Technical Institute in Lancaster.
She created a parrot using the art of sugar pulling and blowing.
"It looks easy and it is if you've been doing it for 25 years," she said.
Ages 9 and under: Isabella Frame, first; Lily Seufert, second and Hayley Jackson, third.
Ages 10 to 13: Taylor Stenley, first; Emily Gloeckner, second and Sarah Repp, third.
Ages 14 to 18: Elizabeth Bernatowicz, first; Ashley Tolley, second and Ashley Bortner, third.
Ages 19 and up: Stacy Guess, first; Juji Woodring, second and Stephanie Ditzel, third.
People's Choice winners: Calie Swegon who competed in the 10 to 13 age group, was the winner, raising $33 for the library. Nathan Boser raised the most, $12, in the 9 and under group; Elizabeth Bernatowicz, raised $9 in the 14 to 18 group and Stephanie Ditzel, in the 19 and up group raised $25. In all, the library raised $300 donated by people voting for the favorites.