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Gingerbread houses sweeten the season

MIDDLEBURY — Time to get ready for the 21st annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Creations will be on display from Thursday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 20, with an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 6, from 4-6 p.m.
The theme this year is “Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” Participation in the theme is voluntary. Your own original designs are always welcome, but there is an additional prize awarded for “Best of Theme.”
Here are some of the rules for entry:
1) Your entry must be built upon a base no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches.
2) The base may be made of any material but everything above the base (the entire construction) must be made of edible materials.
3) A $5 registration fee is required for each construction entered.
All registration forms are due by Nov. 25. The gingerbread house constructions should be delivered to the Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main Street in Middlebury, on Dec. 3 or 4. All entries will remain on display through Dec. 20 and must be picked up before 6 p.m. Any unclaimed pieces will be donated to local nursing homes.
Visitors to the exhibit are invited to vote for their favorite entry to receive the “People’s Choice” award.
Each year dozens of amazing reinterpretations of the traditional gingerbread house that incorporate a huge array of edible elements are entered. Join us this year with your own creative ideas rendered in food format.
For more info call (802) 388-4964. To view the registration form and more rules and regs online, click here.

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