Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Grove Park Inn's 16th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition and Display

This was the second year we have gone to the Grove Park Inn in Asheville for the Gingerbread House Display. It was overwhelming at the amount of entries and the fierce competition amongst them.

This is an annual event at the Grove Park for the 16th year. All of the entries are on display either at the Inn or downtown at the Grove Arcade. The technique and imagination of this year's entries is amazing. It is often hard to believe that these creations are edible. I particularly like the teen and children's division - they seem to create the type of gingerbread houses that I remember from my childhood. Less on technique and more candy involved - the way it should be I think.

The competion features entries from four age levels - adult, teen (13-17), youth (9-12) and child (age 8 and under). Close to 400 entries were submitted this year.

The Grand Prize Winner was Billie Mochow from Burns, TN. Her entry will be sent to NYC to be featured on Good Morning America on December 18.

For more info go to The houses are on display Monday - Thursday for non hotel guests until January 11. The Grove Arcade houses are on display daily.

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