Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about creating a magical gingerbread house to enter in the 10th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire Nov. 23-25 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Houses, bungalows, cottages and castles fashioned from spicy gingerbread will be displayed for holiday shoppers to enjoy at the fairgrounds in Grass Valley during the Thanksgiving weekend festivities. Competitors may enter any of the many categories, including children, teens, adults, special needs, families and groups. There’s even a category for children younger than 8 years of age who want to enter a house made from a kit. New this year are categories for traditional and non-traditional entries.
Ribbons are given to all winners, and the Best of Show winner will receive $100. A special gift basket from Tess’ Kitchen Store also will be awarded to the Best of Show winner and the People’s Choice Award.
Entry forms must be received at the fairgrounds by 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. The actual gingerbread house entry must be delivered to the fairgrounds Nov. 20 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The cost is $2 to enter, and all Gingerbread House exhibitors will receive two free passes to the Country Christmas Faire.
Entry forms and a complete list of rules can be picked up at the fairgrounds office on McCourtney Road or downloaded at www.NevadaCountyFair.com.
The 28th annual Country Christmas Faire runs Nov. 23-25. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25. Admission is $4 for adults, and children 12 and younger are free. Parking is $5; people attending the event will receive one free admission for each paid parking pass.
Talented artisans fill the Fairgrounds exhibit buildings with handmade crafts and unique gifts so you can get all your holiday shopping done in one location. Visitors to the faire will enjoy strolling live entertainment, festival foods, wagon rides and a community bonfire. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet children, and a photographer will be available to capture the special moment with Santa.
Free babysitting will be offered so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping, and errand elves will be available to assist shoppers throughout the event.
The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.
For information, visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.