Annual Gingerbread House Competition |

Annual Gingerbread House Competition

Above is a past entry at the annual Gingerbread House competition at the Country Christmas Faire. Those interested in entering the competition should turn in an application by November 20 to the Nevada County Fairgrounds. All those who enter receive two free admission tickets to the Country Christmas Faire.
Submitted by Wendy Oaks |

Now is the time for holiday bakers to think about the creation of a magical Gingerbread House to enter into the 13th annual Gingerbread House Competition at the Country Christmas Faire, held Nov. 27, 28, and 29 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 under 8 years of age 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 winner.

Entry forms must be received at the fairgrounds between now and Nov. 20 by 4 p.m. The actual gingerbread house entry must be delivered to the fairgrounds on Nov. 24 between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Ponderosa Hall. 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 Country Christmas Faire features talented artisans who fill the fairgrounds exhibit buildings with quality 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 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 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 31st annual Country Christmas Faire begins Friday, Nov. 27, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 29.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults, and free to children 12 and under. Parking is free.

On Sunday, if you bring a can of food, you’ll receive $1 off admission.

All food donated is collected by the Grass Valley Elks and used in their Christmas baskets that they hand out in December.

The Nevada County fairgrounds is located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley. For more information, visit or call 530-273-6217.

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