“Building a gingerbread house is an easy and inexpensive way to share some holiday spirit with family or friends,” Washoe County Horticulturist Bill Carlos said. “Entering that gingerbread house in our holiday contest is a fun way to show off your creation while giving a gift to the community through support of the Arboretum.”
Entry forms and information are available online at www.washoecountyparks.com or can be picked up at the May arboretum office or the museum, both located inside Rancho San Rafael Regional Park at 1595 N. Sierra St.in Reno. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Entry forms also are available at the Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space Administration office, located at 2601 Plumas St., from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Entry forms are due by Dec. 8. Finished gingerbread houses should be delivered to the Wilbur D. May Museum between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 11. Judging takes place from noon to 1 p.m. on Dec. 11 as part of the museum’s holiday celebration. Commercial bakers have been invited to donate gingerbread houses that will be raffled off as part of the day’s festivities, which also includes an enchanted forest, holiday craft making, carols and a visit by one of Santa’s elves.
There is a $5 registration fee per entry. Proceeds support the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place in each of four categories: adult, family and gingerbread creations (not houses).
Gingerbread houses must reflect a holiday theme, be made of edible materials (except for the foundation) and made by the entrant. “Royal Icing” must be used for construction. Recipes are available at the arboretum office or online. Store bought kits are allowed.
For more information, call 823-6500 or visit www.washoecountyparks.com.