Gingerbread house competition open for entries |

Gingerbread house competition open for entries

Winners at the 2013 Gingerbread House competition at the Country Christmas Faire include Cathy Rodgers for Best of Show. Those interested in entering the competition should turn in an application by November 21 to the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
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Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about the creation of a gingerbread house to enter into the 12th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire, taking place Nov. 28-30 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

Houses, bungalows, cottages and castles fashioned from spicy gingerbread will be displayed for holiday shoppers to enjoy 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 who want to enter a house made by a kit. All those who enter a gingerbread house exhibit will receive two free passes to the Country Christmas Faire.

Ribbons are given to all winners, and the Best of Show winner will receive $100. A special gift basket from Tess’ Kitchen Store will also 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., Nov. 21. The actual gingerbread house entry must be delivered to the fairgrounds between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Nov. 25. The cost is $2 to enter.

Entry forms and a complete list of rules can be picked up at the fairgrounds office on McCourtney Road, or downloaded from the fair’s website at

Artisans fill the fairgrounds exhibit buildings with handmade crafts and gifts. Visitors to the event will enjoy strolling live entertainment, festival foods, wagon rides, and a community bonfire. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet children. Santa will be available each day until an hour before closing time.

Free babysitting will be offered by Girl Scouts of the Northern Mines Service Unit so parents can drop off their children while they enjoy holiday shopping. Errand Elves from Clear Creek School will be available to assist shoppers throughout the event.

The 30th annual Country Christmas Faire begins Nov. 28, and runs through Nov. 30. The hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults, and free to children 12 and younger. Parking is free.

On Sunday, if you bring a can of food to the event, you will receive $1 off admission. All food donated will help feed those in need in Nevada County. 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley.

For more information, visit http://www.Nevada or call 530-273-6217.

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