Grass Valley gingerbread house contest announced |

Grass Valley gingerbread house contest announced

Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about the creation of a magical gingerbread house to enter into the 11th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire, which will take place Nov. 29-Dec. 1 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 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley during the Thanksgiving weekend festivities.

Competitors can 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 by a kit.

Ribbons are given to all winners, and the Best of Show winner will receive $100. A special gift basket from Tess’ Kitchen Store will be also awarded to the Best of Show winner and the People’s Choice Award.

Entry forms must be received at the fairgrounds between now and Nov. 22 by 4 p.m. The actual gingerbread house entry must be delivered to the Fairgrounds Nov. 26 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 from the fair’s website at

The 29th annual Country Christmas Faire begins Nov. 29, and runs through Dec. 1. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults, and children 12 and younger are free. Parking is $5; however, faire-goers will receive one free admission for each paid parking pass.

Artisans fill the fairgrounds exhibit buildings with handmade crafts and 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 will be on hand to greet children, so bring your camera to get that special photo. Santa will be available each day until an hour before closing time.

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 or call 530-273-6217.

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