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The Gingerbread Village Competition at Conner Prairie

It’s Lucas oil Stadium as you’ve never seen it. That’s because it, along with 75 other edible creations, are made of gingerbread!

The 21st annual Gingerbread Village competition is underway now through Sunday, January 5 at the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana.


This fun event, which takes an entire week to set up and occupies close to 1,000 square feet of space, puts the creativity of local schools, organizations, families and individuals, both children and adult, on display in a way that is both amusing and visually stimulating.

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One such creation, a pint-sized Lucas Oil Stadium, features a retractable roof, goal posts and an unfurled American flag, which rests on the football field.

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“Not only is Gingerbread Village a community event, but we also commission a couple professionals a year to really dazzle us. We had Maria Spratford this year. She recreated Gingerbread Village in gingerbread. She took pictures from past competitions and recreated those houses in gingerbread this year. So it’s been really fun to see some of our entries and award-winners from past years show up in gingerbread again this year, but on a miniature scale,” says Lynelle Mellade, public relations manager for Conner Prairie.

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Behind each gingerbread creation is a story. One such story is that of a gingerbread house made by children at the Little Star Center, a school for autism in Carmel, Indiana. By incorporating social and cognitive skills like patience, following instructions and cooperation into the creative process, these autistic children, ages 8 through 15, not only had fun working together, but benefited mentally and emotionally in the process.

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It is amazing how much detail went into the making of these edible creations. Gingerbread Village is a great event for families, particularly those with very young children. While you can’t eat these gingerbread houses, you can certainly take them in.