FESTIVALS: The Grove Park Inn Gingerbread Houses Are Worth Seeing

By D. Lanier Shook                                                            November 23, 2013

During the Second World War housewives around the nation faced a sugar shortage. Since they had to have sugar for canning they turned to alternate sweeteners. Cakes which required sugar were replaced with apple stack cakes, which were sweetened with apple butter. (Imagine over a dozen very, very thin sheets immersed in apple butter for a week or two, then served.) Another dessert which increased in popularity was gingerbread, since they could use molasses to sweeten it.


Fortunately we don’t have to worry about rationing, but you can still enjoy gingerbread at the Grove Park Inn. On Wednesday the 21st Annual Gingerbread House Competition opened and the houses will be on display until January 2d. You can check out these edible masterpieces from 9 am to 9 pm Sunday through Thursday free of charge, although there is a $10 parking fee. You’ll want to click here to visit the Inn’s Gingerbread House homepage.


The Gingerbread Competition judges these houses on how they look, how original they are, how hard it was to put them together, how good they were put together, and how close they came to what they were supposed to look like. There are four categories, Adult, Teen, Youth, and Child. If you and yours have a creative bone then this might not be a bad way to spend a month or two. To get an idea of what it takes to compete click here to check out this year’s application with all the rules and regulations in it.


The Grove Park Inn is a magical place you’ll enjoy visiting, but if you don’t have time you can view a few of the gingerbread houses at the Grove Arcade. You can click here for directions, hours, and information about what else the Grove Arcade has this time of year. Also the product of Dr. Grove, it is magical this time of year, too. Finally, here are a few more photos of gingerbread houses from a few years back.






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