TOWNSEND -- Already a haven for active imaginations, the Townsend Public Library became a home for culinary creativity on Sunday.
During the 9th annual Cupcake Festival, bakers and decorators of all ages showed off their cooking and frosting chops, with all proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Townsend Library.
"It's something we started for the first anniversary of the new library and it just took off," library director Stacy Schuttler said. "We just kept doing it. Along the way, we've changed the time of year we do it during, but people really seem to enjoy it."
Bakers could enter their creations for tasting, as well for general and master decorating. Over two dozen entries were submitted, ranging from sweet treats like peanut butter cup, cookies and cream, and tiramisu to more savory fare, like maple bacon and even Spam.
Tickets for tasting and voting were purchased by the hundreds who showed up for the event, allowing anyone to make their voice heard -- in a sense -- in regards to what cupcakes most piqued their interest.
"It's a really nice event," said Meg Genoter, a library employee volunteering for the Cupcake Festival. "It gets the community out and visiting each other. And the cupcakes are amazing."
While the concoctions were indeed tasty, many came with even more impressive optics. Cupcakes were decorated to resemble spaghetti and meatballs, turntables with records, and a large-scale piece inspired by the film Jumanji.
"It's really fun to come up with something creative," said 10-year-old Ryan Palmer, of West Townsend, who brought cupcakes resembling sushi. "We do things like this once in a while, usually for something special. I made these with mother."
Palmer's entry took third in the general decorator category, while the impressive Jumanji piece was the overall winner in the master decorator category. Taking the taste prize were S'mores cupcakes.
And none of the entries would go to waste, as all the cupcakes were sold at the rate of $5 for a half dozen.
"It's an event that raises money for the library and has cupcakes for everyone," Genoter said. "What's not to like?"