Gingerbread House Festival to benefit Utah schools

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OREM -- Though we haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving yet, some Utah's already have Christmas on the mind.

Utah's Parent Teacher Association and the Boy Scouts of America unveiled more than one hundred gingerbread houses in Orem this weekend. It's all part of the annual Gingerbread House Festival.

Along with the stunning display of creativity, the festival also features entertainment, a country store, a cookie-decorating corner and food -- just to name a few things.

The groups will auction off the houses and proceeds will benefit art and music education and character building programs in Utah schools. Culinary students and professional bakers made some of the Gingerbread houses, but students and their families also built some too.

"Come and say ‘There's my house. That's the one that I've made,'" said PTA advisor Kathy Allred. "It's just so fun to see the parents involved with the children. That's the main thing."

The public is invited to attend the festival, which is located at the Boy Scout Service Center at 748 N. 1340 West in Orem. It runs until 7 p.m. Saturday and opens again from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.


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