Enjoy the Gingerbread Extravaganza in Jacksonville

December 14, 2011 by  

The 2011 Gingerbread Extravaganza is running at the Jacksonville Historical Society until December 22. This annual exhibit features the creations of both professional and amateur bakers and designers. The exhibit is open six days a week (closed on Sunday) from 11 am-5 pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children from three to sixteen and free for children two and under. All proceeds from the exhibit go towards the children’s programs at the Jacksonville Historical Society.

For fans of gingerbread houses, the Extravaganza should not be missed. There are numerous themes that will interest anyone. Past exhibits have included traditional houses, fairy tale houses, boats, restaurants, castles, offices and even the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Children can also play a scavenger hunt to find certain items.

Any member of the public can apply to exhibit their own gingerbread creations. It basically amounts to filling in a “building permit form.” According to the form, the organizers seem to strive for the houses to be 85% edible.

The costs of running the Gingerbread Extravaganza can be great so to offset this there are sponsorship opportunities for Jacksonville businesses. Sponsorship levels range from $200 up to $1500. The top level of $1500 would mean your company is listed in any event literature such as a flyer printing, you can design a gingerbread house that features your company name and you also get the chance to hold a private event

Gingerbread houses have become a tradition for many at Christmas; this event should give those who attend lots of ideas for creating their own.