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Gingerbread House Competition returns to Depot

By Sherry Lucas

gingerbreadThe sweetest seasonal fun in Clinton has got to be the Old Towne Depot’s third annual Gingerbread House Competition, where Clinton locals with a flair for baking and decorating can show off their skills in both camps.

All skill levels are welcome to participate.

“We had some wonderful houses turned in last year, so the competition is steep,” says Main Street Clinton Director Tara Lytal. With three entries the first year and seven the next, the event is growing in popularity, and the hope is that trajectory continues.

“They were gorgeous last year, and they ranged in size, with a few small ones and several large ones,” Lytal said. With standout features such as beautiful white churches, “they were lovely.”

Stained glass windows, with melted candies creating the colored panes, were nice touches.

“It wasn’t just a gumdrop stuck in icing. The windows were fabulous,” Lytal says, noting that one even had a battery candle for illumination. “They were super creative in how they used candies and different types of cookies,” including novel uses for licorice and dripped icing on upturned ice cream cones for winter trees.

“I was in awe of them. I tried to do one of those kits with my niece and nephews, and that was the worst-looking thing I’ve ever seen! So, I was just awestruck by the talent that our townspeople have,” Lytal says.

The real bonus to this event, beyond as a fun landscape for kitchen play for individuals who enter? Come see all the entries – and don’t forget to inhale.

“Our building smells like confection for days!” Lytal says.

With categories for youth and adult, the competition strives to nudge young and older creators into the holiday spirit.

The fee to compete is $5 a person. Registration is required, with a registration deadline of December 7. Visit for a link to the registration form, which includes rules for the competition.

Completed gingerbread houses must be delivered to The Depot on Friday, December 10, by 4:30 p.m.

The gingerbread houses will be judged at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 11, with prizes awarded. The gingerbread houses will remain on display for a week, through Saturday, December 18.


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