Shirley Cromer with the gingerbread house she's built for the Downtown Business Association's fourth annual gingerbread house contest.  This is Cromer's first attempt at a gingerbread house, spending the past three weeks putting her house together.

Photo by Hans Hallgren

Shirley Cromer with the gingerbread house she's built for the Downtown Business Association's fourth annual gingerbread house contest. This is Cromer's first attempt at a gingerbread house, spending the past three weeks putting her house together.

'Incredible' and edible

Gingerbread house contest approaches, entries due Thursday

— Craig residents have a chance to put their baking and decorating skills to the test, as the Downtown Business Association is scheduled to host its fourth annual gingerbread house contest Friday.

The DBA hosts the event in an effort to "get people out doing things," said Kandee Dilldine, KS Kreations co-owner and DBA member.

Gingerbread house entries are due no later than 4 p.m. Thursday to the Museum of Northwest Colorado.

Entry forms are available at KS Kreations, 523 Yampa Ave., or The Kitchen Shop, 577 Yampa Ave.

The DBA created a separate division for professionals - adult competitors who decorate baked goods for profit. Entries in this division will be judged separately from those entered in the amateur division.

A separate category is available for youths 17 years old and younger.

The entry fee is $6 and includes a board to place the projects on. If previous years' contestants bring a board issued by the DBA, the entry fee will be reduced to $2. Gingerbread houses must be placed on the boards the DBA provides, Dilldine said.

The projects will be judged Friday at the museum, where they will remain on display until Dec. 14. A panel of three judges will evaluate the entries based on creativity and overall appearance.

Plaques and Spree Bucks, certificates honored like cash at any Chamber of Commerce member business, await the winners - $50 for first, $25 for second.

Contestants can test their baking skills by creating their houses from scratch or they can purchase gingerbread house kits. Gingerbread houses will be accepted regardless of whether they come out of the box or out of a bowl, Dilldine said.

The contest comes with one stipulation: gingerbread houses must be made entirely of edible materials, said Nadine Daszkiewicz, Kitchen Shop owner and DBA member.

For would-be gingerbread decorators, this rule means no wrappers and no non-edible supports, Daszkiewicz added.

The DBA has received several unique entries in past years, including one shaped like a dog kennel.

As for some past entries, Daszkiewicz used one word to describe them.

"Incredible."

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