Get ready to build… with gingerbread!

By William Duffield Staff writer

December 4, 2013

XENIA — Think you have the stuff to build an award-winning house? No, you don’t need a building permit or a pneumatic nail gun for this one. It’s made of gingerbread.

Xenians are invited to “fire up your ovens and get into the holiday baking spirit” with an entry in the Xenia Hometown Christmas Gingerbread House Contest.

There will be three age groups for the competition — Kids 12-under, Teens 13-18, and Adults.

The structure can be made of gingerbread or from a purchased kit. But all exposed surfaces must be covered with edible materials. It can be a house, public building, business or any building you would like to make.

The entries must be on a base that can’t exceed 20 inches by 20 inches in size and must be made of wood or plastic. The base does not have to be covered with edible materials.

Entries must be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Sweets Boutique, 28 East Second Street for display and public judging that day. Prizes will be awarded for top entries in the each of the three categories. The community is asked to stop by the Sweets Boutique and cast their vote for the best display during the Hometown Christmas event.

Winners will be announced at Sweets Boutique at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday during Xenia’s Hometown Christmas celebration.

To learn more about Hometown Christmas in Xenia events, visit www.xenianow.org. For more information about the gingerbread house contest, contact DXN volunteer, Dede Larson, at 502-5933 or Mary Crockett at mcrockett@xenianow.org.

Contact William Duffield at bduffield@civitasmedia.com or by phone at 372-4444 ext. 133