Tavon Van Wicklen, 6, left, and his brother River, 8, of Red Lion, compete in the Lego building challenge Sunday at the York Builders Association Home
Tavon Van Wicklen, 6, left, and his brother River, 8, of Red Lion, compete in the Lego building challenge Sunday at the York Builders Association Home Show. (John A. Pavoncello photo)

Mackenzie Sekeres built a house Sunday where people can skateboard on the roof.

She was one of about 75 children in the Lego building competition at the York Builders Association Home Show.

Mackenzie, 6, of Dallastown, was at the home show with her father, Jason Sekeres, and her sister, Lindsay Sekeres, 11.

For the competition, children were split into a 5- to 9-year-old division and a 10- to 12-year-old division.

The Sekeres sisters were glad they weren't competing against each other, but they had been hoping they could work together, their father said.

Mackenzie decorated her Lego house for Halloween -- her favorite holiday, she said.

Although Mackenzie loves building Lego houses at home, she has no aspirations to be a builder when she grows up, she said. She wants to be a fashion designer.

Family event: This was Jason Sekeres' second year at the show, but the first time bringing his children along.

"We do a lot of home improvement projects, so it's nice to come out and get ideas," he said.

The four-day event featured 170 exhibitors in the York Expo Center's Toyota Arena, including local companies specializing in everything from air purification and basement waterproofing to sunrooms and windows.

Each year they collect donations for a local charity, and this year a truckload of cans was collected for the York County Food Bank, said Cathy Warner, director of events.

"This is the first year that we've had the Lego building competition on both Saturday and Sunday," said Warner. "We can only accommodate 30 kids in each age group, so in the past it was heartbreaking to turn kids away."

The competition: Each child is given one freezer-size bag filled with Legos and has 45 minutes to build a house or other structure.

They work alone, and parents must stay behind a taped-off line.

York Traditions Bank sponsored the event on Saturday, and on Sunday it was sponsored by Strine's Heating and Air Conditioning and Lennox Industries.

The Best of Show winner got $75, and cash prizes were awarded for first, second and third place in each age group.

Brothers Justin and Carter Lindenmuth of York Township spend hours playing with Legos at home and were excited to enter the competition Sunday.

"I built a Lego house and it had a pool and a touchscreen so the car could go automatically," Justin said. "My house was kind of small."

"My house didn't have any roof," Carter said.

The brothers have Legos all over their house and will put new sets together, then take them apart and rebuild as many different things as they can with them, said their parents, Josh and Angela Lindenmuth.

Justin would like to be a Lego home builder and "a person who makes games," he said, adding he would make some changes to Minecraft, a building game.

Judging: The judges for the competition are randomly selected from the exhibitor booths, said Leah Spangler, director of member services for the York Builders Association.

Justin Henry of Jeffrey L. Henry Inc., a custom home building company, was among the judges.

"Judging was great," he said. "The creativity displayed was awesome."

"I looked for a house with four walls, and if they integrated walls and doors that was an added bonus," Henry said.

-- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or cshank@yorkdispatch.com

Winners

Winners from the Lego building competition at the York Builders Association Home Show are as follows:

SATURDAY

Ages 5 to 9

---Best of Show: Wyatt Reever

---First: Colin Harrington

---Second: Jonathan Seitz

---Third: Max Harrington

Ages 10 to 12

---Best of Show: Cadin Sheffer

---First: Riley Grim

---Second: Justin Riese

---Third: Matthew Conroy

SUNDAY

Ages 5 to 9

---Best of Show: Aiden Vera

---First: Aiden Maniatis

---Second: Leona Strine

Ages 10 to 12

---Best of Show: Blair Brooks

---First: Lindsay Sekeres

---Second: Kaide Kindler

---Third: Bradley Keech