Annual Gingerbread House Contest Thursday, Dec. 3, in Nebraskan Student Union

Heather Wolf
coordinator of Student Activities, Nebraskan Student Union, 308.865.839

Students will have 25 minutes to create a gingerbread house at the annual gingerbread house contest on the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Thursday, Dec. 3.

Students are given 25 minutes to create and assemble their entire house. According to Heather Wolf, UNK coordinator of student activities, all items must be edible, except for the tray that the house is built on. Loper Programming and Activities Council (LPAC) provides graham crackers and three cups of frosting to each team, but teams provide their own candy, food coloring and other decorations.

The event, sponsored by LPAC, will begin at 5 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room.

“Every year is quite different,” Wolf said. “We have had a candy castle, the White House and a huge mansion, all take first place. Some of the other winning houses been small ones that the students have taken a lot of time on to perfect the frosting and design.”

“Last year, we had about 25 teams with around 75 students participating,” Wolf said. “Some participated individually and some had groups with as many as 14 students.”

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three gingerbread houses: first place, $150; second place, $100; and third place, $50.