No half-baked ideas likely as gingerbread artists compete

November 26, 2012 by  

One of the traditions of the holiday celebrations is baking, and one of the most popular specialty things that people love to make are gingerbread houses. Allowing bakers to show off their artistic skills, the Jacksonville Historical Society is holding a Gingerbread House Extravaganza throughout the month of December.

Members of the general public are invited to build and submit their own gingerbread houses for display. There are several categories of houses that will be accepted for display, including traditional, fantasy, local historic, religious, and storybook. The houses must be a minimum of 1×1 foot, a maximum of 3×3 foot, and be placed on a sturdy base. After that, the only restrictions are the imagination and building skills of the participant.

Several enterprising bakers in Jacksonville might avail themselves of services such as banner printing to make their houses stand out. Banners can be any shape or size and could add more detail to a gingerbread house.

There will be several gingerbread houses on display during the month to get people in the holiday mood and to give them ideas on creating their own houses. There will also be various family-friendly activities taking place, including a scavenger hunt for children.

The Gingerbread House Extravaganza will take place at Old St. Andrews from December 1 – 22 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm each day, except for Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children aged 3-16. All proceeds will go to support the Jacksonville Historical Society’s children’s programs.