Woodward, Okla. —
The public is encouraged to show their culinary creativity in the annual Dixie Waddle Memorial Gingerbread Contest.
Entries for the contest are now being accepted at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum.
"We've had some great entries in years prior," Museum Director Rob Roberson said. "Even though its a gingerbread house contest we let people use their imaginations. We've had people turn in a gingerbread manger, a gingerbread cathedral, even a gingerbread recreation of the museum itself."
The contest consists of 2 age divisions. A children's division for participants 8- to 15-years-old and an adult division for participants 16-years-old and up.
Cash prizes will be awarded in each division for the top 3 gingerbread creations as well as best of show awards of $150 in the children's division and $300 in the adult division.
The prize money for the contest is provided by the Woodward Tourism Board, as well as Harrell Waddle, husband of the late Dixie Waddle for which the contest is named.
"The contest is in memory of Dixie Waddle because she used to hold a gingerbread contest every year at the library. After she passed we didn't want that tradition to end so we picked it up," Roberson said.
Competition this year could be tough as the museum is expecting increased participation.
"Last year we had about 14 entries," Roberson said. "This year the middle school has expressed interest in entering some gingerbread houses into the contest, which if they did would itself alone provide at least 14 entries; so we're expecting a good turnout this year."
The deadline to submit entries is Dec. 8th, with the gingerbread houses to be on display at the museum between Dec. 12 and Jan. 5.
Those who visit the gingerbread exhibit will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite, which will receive a viewer's choice award.
Individuals interested in participating can pick up contest information, rules, an optional gingerbread recipe, and an entry form at the Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum. Contest information can also be downloaded from the museum website at pipm1.org.
The website also features pictures of winning entries from previous gingerbread contests.
Any questions can be directed to Rob Roberson at 256-6136.