Valencia Library kicks off holiday season with gingerbread house contest

Andrea Mascarinia (cq), and her children, Joel, 8, and Emma, 5, of Valencia take a close-up look at some of the contestants of the Fourth Annual Gingerbread House Contest presented by the The Friends of the Santa Clarita Public Library held at the Valencia Library on Friday. Dan Watson The Signal
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Santa Clarita residents are showing off their creativity this weekend at the fourth annual Friends of the Santa Clarita Public Library Gingerbread House Contest at the Valencia Library.

Submissions for the competition consist of the traditional gingerbread house in addition to barns, birdhouses, lighthouses, airplanes or “other imaginative dwellings.”

Candace Ford, a member of the Friends of the Library Board, said the competition began four years ago to bring the holiday spirit to the city.

“It’s been awesome and everyone comes in and says ‘wow’ at the creativity,” Ford said.

The houses must be made entirely out of edible material, sit on a wooden or heavy cardboard base that is no larger than 18 inches by 18 inches and have special holiday names.

Contest winners will be chosen by a panel of three judges based on imagination, construction, uniformity in baking and overall design, according to the Santa Clarita Public Library website.

Library visitors can also cast votes for the People’s Choice Special Award by purchasing five voting tickets for $1 to support their favorites.

Last year, 36 gingerbread creations were entered into the competition and Ford hopes the same turnout will happen this year.  She said she loves to see what people in the community make.

“I think the thing that’s most special is the creativity of the youngsters,” Ford said.

The gingerbread houses are available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.  The winners of the competition will be announced at 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

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