It’s that time of year again! The Marias Museum Board invites all to their annual Open House and Gingerbread Contest taking place on Monday, Dec. 2, starting at 5 p.m. Anyone wishing to enter the contest must have their entry delivered to the museum annex no later than 6 p.m. on Dec. 2.

Christmas memories, most everyone has a favorite, whether it be baking Christmas cookies with grandma, decorating the tree with family, shopping for presents or attending Christmas Eve church services. Whatever your favorite memory, the Marias Museum Board wants you to depict it in your gingerbread entry in this year’s Marias Museum Gingerbread Creation contest taking place on Monday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. in the Museum Annex.

As in years prior, there will be three different categories to choose from: Traditional Gingerbread, the entry must be at least 50 percent gingerbread; Confectionery or Freestyle, mainly pretzels, graham crackers, etc.; and Decorated Cookies, to be made of gingerbread cookie dough and may be individual cookies or groupings, no taller than 12” or smaller than 6” on a board.

All entries, with the exception of the decorated cookies, must express the theme in some way. All entries should also be on a movable base no larger than 20”x20”. All entries will be arranged into categories for individuals and groups. The entry deadline for all categories is Monday, Dec. 2, by 6 p.m. at the latest. The museum annex will be open for entries to be dropped off between 2 and 6 p.m.

The Christmas Open House and Gingerbread Contest will get underway starting at 5 p.m. with soup, cookies and drinks being available for a $5 donation. It is between 5 and 7 p.m. that public judging will take place for the gingerbread houses and other entries. At 5:30 the music and entertainment will get started and last until 7:30, when the prizes will be awarded for the winners of the contest.

The Christmas season has many opportunities for creating memories. Come and share yours, while creating new ones at the Marias Museum’s Christmas Open House.

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