Half-ton of sweetness goes into decorating gingerbread houses

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The Artists’ Exchange held their 14th Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest on Dec. 1. Approximately 400 houses were made by more than 2,000 attendees. Roughly 1,000 pounds of candy was used for decoration.

Participants started with a simple graham cracker pre-constructed house to craft it into a work of art. Armed with heaping supplies of frosting and a variety of colorful candy, the possibilities were endless. And with no age limit, everyone was invited to join in on the fun (and the nibbling). While participants could take their houses home that day, they were invited to submit their creations for judging in their corresponding age category. Families could also choose to work on a house together and be judged in a separate family category.

A special visit by Santa was also included to provide even more magic to the holiday season along with face painting, grab bags and wreath sales.

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