Thursday, December 2, 2010
Another sign of the holiday season is coming to New Mexico Tech.
The gingerbread house contest will make its return this month, and the competition is open to the general public.
Organizer Edie Steinhoff said she hopes to see a wide variety of creations this year.
“Over the past six years most of the entries have been breathtaking,” Steinhoff said. “Besides very creative houses, we’ve had people make a fire house, a farm, Brown Hall and other Tech buildings. It doesn’t have to be a house. One year we had a cave created by Dr. Penny Boston’s Cave and Karst people.”
Steinhoff said all major components, such as walls and roofs, must be constructed of gingerbread. However, contestants 12 years old and younger may use graham crackers, cookies, or other edible building materials. “All parts must be edible,” said Steinhoff. “For example, wrapped candies must be unwrapped and lollipops must have edible stems. The only exception is the addition of electricity, like adding Christmas lighting.”
All entries must be delivered to the Fidel Center between 1 and 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 13. Judging in two age groups will be on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The contest is open to anyone.
Entries will be judged on originality, overall appearance, choice, and use of materials and difficulty of design. Contestants are not limited to building a house; any type of structure – real or imaginary – is eligible.
Gingerbread creations may not be taller than 26 inches and must be attached to a plywood base no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches. Additionally, the base surface (but not the sides) must be concealed with an edible product.
Judging will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Prizes will be awarded in these age groups: 12 and younger, and 13 and older. Youth entrants must complete their own construction.
The entries will be on display at the Fidel Center from Dec. 13 to 18. Entries must be picked up by 3 p.m. on Dec. 18. Any entry not picked up will be donated for distribution to The StoreHouse to area families.
Posted by Mountain Mail newspaper at 2:38 PM