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Group Holds Gingerbread House Contest

EUGENE, Ore. — Locals participated in a holiday-inspired architectural contest Saturday — a gingerbread house competition.

Design Spring is a Eugene group that works to help architectural students become working professionals. To help put on their various events, they held a gingerbread house competition this year.

More than 20 entries covered the tables in the center of the International Cafe at the Fifth Street Public Market for the first ever gingerbread competition.

Frosting, gum drops, chocolate and of course gingerbread were just a few of the creative tools people used to build their works of art. While everyone hoped for the win, participants said it’s just a lot of fun.

“Gingerbread houses are just a great way to express your creativity,” said participant Jack Omlin.

Fellow participant and event organizer Rachel Auerbach said, “There’s something really fun about putting the walls up and seeing it take shape three-dimensionally. That’s just a really great feeling.”

Public viewing and bidding on the houses went on until 8 p.m.

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