First Annual Gingerbread House Contest underway at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center

There has been a host of sugar plum fairies dancing around the Kenai Visitor & Cultural Center recently, and the result is a display of gingerbread houses never before assembled on the Central Peninsula, works of art that will inspire your holiday décor. It’s the First Annual Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center (KCCVC) and the local creations will be on display through December 20th. From a gingerbread replica of the Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai to a house of cards and an igloo, your family will delight at the creativity and culinary art now on display. The gingerbread church was the result of the talents of the KCCVC staff.

“I didn’t tell them they had to enter. I simply said it would be highly advisable for them to make a gingerbread house . . . I only inspired them,” laughed Kenai Chamber Executive Director Johna Beech. “They did a phenomenal job in re-creating Old Town Kenai in gingerbread. They did the Russian Orthodox Church, a couple of homesteading cabins and even an outhouse, which was a homesteading must,” added Beech.

According to Beech, the idea of the gingerbread house display this year came from Kenai Mayor Pat Porter who thought it would be a great way to bring the community together around the holiday season. “We put a call out to the community and schools and via the social media asking people to submit an entry in the contest with the only limitations being the deadline to enter and the size of the base. The phenomenal results are what you now see at the Visitor Center,” she said.

A juried panel will judge the entries by category: 12 years of age and under ($25 prize), 13–17 years of age ($50 prize), and 18 and over ($100 prize). “The judges from the KCCVC board are highly trained professionals in frosting design and culinary gingerbread cutting,” laughed Beech.

The display is free and open to the public and will be part of the Christmas Comes to Kenai festivities Friday November 29th and remain on display through December 20th at the KVCC.