The gingerbread tradition at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, began in 1992, as a Christmas display by some community members. There was no plan to continue it either, but now that little display is the National Gingerbread Competition, featured in magazines and on TV nationally. Entries are from many states; adults, teens, youth, and children compete. They run the gamut from Star Wars to castles, to Santa’s workshop, to swimming pigs.
We live only 90 minutes from Asheville, and visit the competition annually. Last year, Dave and I took friends Donna and Vytas to see the gingerbread house display. (It’s their story that I’ve written in Rock & a Hard Place, A Lithuanian Love Story.) We all enjoyed the day. Gingerbread houses aren’t just for children!
If you’d like more information or would like to enter the 2018 competition, check out this website. The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, is worth the trip anytime but especially when it’s decorated for Christmas.