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The eighth annual Gingerbread Haus Contest takes place from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Teague's Interiors, 1267 Commerce Ave., Longview.

Adults and children are invited to enter the free contest.

The contest is held the first Saturday of December each year, the same day as the Christmas Parade.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: 8 years old and younger, 9-12 years old, 13-17 years old, adults (local landmarks, heart-warming houses, other gingerbread originals, candy houses and other edibles with no gingerbread elements necessary) and professional (bakers, chefs and culinary instructors).

One $25 prize will be awarded in each category, plus winners will receive a gingerbread themed ornament-figurine. In addition, one People's Choice award will be offered in the youth and adult categories.

Gail Wells, a veteran of creating gingerbread houses, will again judge the contest. When judging, she looks for detail, balanced proportions, consistency and how realistic/whimsical the creations look. Everything visible on the contest entries must be edible.

Launched in 2011 by Daily News staff members, the contest drew 40 entries that year and 25 in 2012. Now the contest is sponsored by the Longview Downtowners.

Last year, only four entries were received. Organizers attribute the low number of entries because of the lack of advance publicity, so this year, the word is going out early to give bakers ample time to plan, bake and decorate, according to a press release submitted to The Daily News.

Contest rules

• All entrants must submit a registration form by Nov. 30. Forms are available at www.downtownlongview.com; Teague's Interiors, 1267 Commerce Ave., Longview; or at the Columbia River Reader, 1333 14th Ave., Longview. Forms should be submitted to Teague's or emailed to jamie_bayer@yahoo.com (put Gingerbread Haus Contest in the subject line).

• Entries will be confirmed by phone or email that they were received.

• All visible parts of the structure and landscape must be edible. Internal support pieces of non-edible materials are allowed.

• The contest is geared toward individuals, but small teams are allowed, such as families with children.

• All entries must be submitted on a sturdy base (for example, plywood), that is larger than the house/structure. The base can be decorated with edible trees, paths, etc.

• Electric lights are allowed. Outlets will be available. (Bring own lights and extension cords).

• Use of gingerbread from pre-baked kits is allowed.

• Entrants are responsible for delivering their structures to Teague's Interiors. Front and side door entries can be used.

• Entrants do not need to remain at Teague's Interiors nor do they need to be present to win, but may want to hear the judge's comments at 2 p.m.

• All entrants are responsible for removing their houses by 4 p.m. the Monday after the contest — Dec. 9.

• Information also can be found on Facebook by searching for Longview Gingerbread Haus Contest.

Dec. 7 schedule

• 10 a.m.-noon: entry drop-off

• 12:30-7 p.m.: open for public viewing

• 2 p.m.: judging

• 3 p.m.: awards

• 5 p.m. Downtown Longview Christmas Parade

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