The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to celebrate than gingerbread houses?
Under the headline, "Contest Brings Feel of Old Fashioned Christmas to Palisade," Burmeister wrote:
"It all started at a Palisade Olde Fashioned Christmas meeting last year when the vision of building the Gingerbread House Contest to one with many entries and categories came into being and into my hands.
"A Gingerbread House Contest and Showcase just seemed to add the aroma and feel of a true old-fashioned holiday that takes you away from all the hustle and bustle.
"So, off we set with last year’s contest with hopes creating this into an event that adds to the memories of Christmas past, present and hopefully for many years to come.
"Those who entered last year did just that. We were overwhelmed with the charm and beauty of the entries, not to mention the number of participants.
"We interviewed last year’s participants who shared their gingerbread memories, offering hints for first-time builders.
"Frances Blackwelder won first place in adults category last year and was a “first time” gingerbread house builder.
"Blackwelder, who works at Vista Engineering, used AutoCAD software to visualize her plans (yes, modern technology came into play for this centuries old tradition). Then she had her plans cut to scale on mylar.
"Using her pocket cookbook’s recipe for gingerbread, she began making what ended up being four batches of dough, one batch at a time.
"Once the sections were cut and baked, she poured the sugar windows and allowed all the pieces to dry for several days."
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