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GEHC seeks entries for annual sustainable gingerbread contest

Houses are made of edible materials to “highlight sustainability and green building design”

Entries in the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center’s Sustainable Gingerbread House Competition must contain a minimum of three sustainable elements. This entry from last year included solar panels made of chocolate and graham crackers. (Special Photo)

Entries in the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center’s Sustainable Gingerbread House Competition must contain a minimum of three sustainable elements. This entry from last year included solar panels made of chocolate and graham crackers. (Special Photo)

BUFORD — For the fourth year, the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center hosts it annual Sustainable Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit.

Participants are asked to craft a gingerbread house out of edible materials to “highlight sustainability and green building design.”

“This is a great opportunity for families, businesses, civic groups, students and individuals to get into the holiday spirit and show off their gingerbread building talents and green building ingenuity,” said Jason West, director of programming and development.

In this competition, three — or more — sustainable building elements must be included in the structure, which ranges from solar panels to rain barrels to windmills.

Besides edible pieces, the building can also include anything from nature like pine cones, leaves and acorns.

Each participant must complete an entry form, which can be accessed at www.gwinnettEHC.org through Nov. 25.

Contestants are asked to deliver gingerbread houses to the GEHC from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 25-26 or 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 30. Judging will take place during the week of Dec. 2.

There are multiple categories for entry, including pre-k to second grade, third to sixth grade, teen, adult, family and professional. The overall winning entry will receive a $75 gift card from the GEHC Foundation.

The awards will be presented during the GEHC’s Green Your Holiday Program on Dec. 14 and all entries will be available for viewing at the GEHC until Jan. 3.