Gingerbread Contest & Gingerbread Express
The Gingerbread Express model train layout brings spirit of the holidays to life in this winter-wonderland of candy covered storybook cottages created by members of our community. Bakers of all skills are invited to enter our gingerbread contest. Each entry is displayed in our Gingerbread Express Model Train Layout and returned to each baker at the end of the event.
“The Gingerbread Express delights people of all ages — from 2 to 92. They seem to love looking at each individual gingerbread structure and then vote for their favorite. Each entry is unique and has a story behind it,” said Mary Barthelmes, museum marketing manager.
“The idea of a gingerbread contest came from our mission of interpreting how we have lived, worked, dressed and played through three centuries. Holiday celebrations are certainly a big part of that and decorating gingerbread is a tradition that dates back to Colonial times. The contest invites our visitors to participate in exhibiting their contemporary take on this traditional art form,” said Mary McDonald, the Museum's educator.