Iolans can take a gingerbread walk

By JENELLE JOHNSON
Family Living Editor

As the Christmas holiday season approaches, Jana Taylor encourages area residents to remember the annual Gingerbread Walk begins Dec. 1.
Anything goes when building a gingerbread house. The only requirement is the house and its adornments must be edible.
Extra consideration in judging will be the use of real homemade gingerbread. Graham crackers may be used, but builders should keep in mind that whatever the ingredient, it should be able to withstand four weeks under the spotlight, said Taylor, Iola Area Chamber of Commerce director.
A judge will be secured to choose a grand prize winner. First place winners will be chosen by the general public in four categories — business and industry; individuals, families and friends; school classroom and nursing facilities; and clubs and organizations. Votes may be cast at any business displaying a gingerbread house and at the Santa House each Thursday evening during the holiday season.
“I think building a gingerbread house is a great way for a family to spend quality time together. It takes planning and time to complete a gingerbread house, but it could be a fun way to spend a weekend,” Taylor said.
There is no fee to enter the contest. Entry forms, which may be picked up at the Chamber office, should be returned by Monday to give Taylor time to secure a business window to display the gingerbread house.