The Albertville Museum is hosting their third “Gingerbread House Contest” on Thursday, Dec. 12. This year they are celebrating Alabama’s bicentennial.

Delores Roden from the Albertville Museum said the reason they are doing gingerbread houses is because of a home that was located in Albertville.

W.W. Currey bought 300 acres of land for $5 on Sand Mountain and brought his family a short time later. He developed a farm and started a sawmill.

Later the family moved to Albertville and built a house at the southwest corner of McCord Ave. and Marshall St. The house was a two-story house with a porch across the front and down one side. It has a lot of gingerbread work which he produced himself. Currey also built a cotton gin and had his sawmill moved to Albertville. There was once a spring that ran in this area which was one of the reasons he decided to move there. These areas are close to McCord Elementary School’s campus and the location where the Aggie’s football parking lot is located, behind the Recycling Center and Foodland.

The gingerbread house contest has some rules. The design of the ginger bread house has to resemble a house, building or landmark in Albertville. It can be a past or a present structure. One of the winners of last year’s event won by basing theirs on Hobby Lobby.

This year your gingerbread display resembling a house, building or landmark in the state of Alabama. This can be past or present as well. You may choose to design your gingerbread display to resemble an official Alabama symbol such as the state tree (pine), state flower (camellia), state bird (yellowhammer), state flag, state nut (pecan), state fruit tree (peach), state mammal (black bear), state butterfly (monarch butterfly), an outline of the state of Alabama, capital building or rockets made in Huntsville.

The gingerbread house/display and all of the decorations must be edible.

The museum will be awarding prizes for the winner and the runner-up of each age group. There are two age groups, a 12-year-old and under and a 12-year-old to adult. All gingerbread houses are to be brought to the Albertville Museum on Thursday, Dec. 12, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The winners will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. during the museum’s Christmas party with Santa, goodies and entertainment by the Mountain Valley Singers.

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