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World's Largest Gingerbread Village

05 December 2007  
For the past 15 years hundreds of pounds of sugar have walked into the Prescott Resort and Conference Center in the form of gingerbread: gingerbread houses, trains, dollhouses, casitas, toys, chateaus, churches, mansions, castles, Santa’s overflowing toy sack and even a 3-diminsional book with the characters spilling out.

resortgb2.jpgFor the past 15 years hundreds of pounds of sugar have walked into the Prescott Resort and Conference Center in the form of gingerbread: gingerbread houses, trains, dollhouses, casitas, toys, chateaus, churches, mansions, castles, Santa’s overflowing toy sack and even a 3-diminsional book with the characters spilling out.

The event is billed as the “World’s Largest Gingerbread Village”, and although there’s a "World's Largest Gingerbread Man" in Florida, and another “Gingerbread Village” in Seattle, (which ironically benefits their local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), no one but the Prescott Resort lays claim to the title of “World’s Largest Gingerbread Village.” And large it is.

According to Steve Bracety, General Manager of The Resort, the event is the brainchild of Grace Hospitality Group and benefits Yavapai County Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s been a very successful fundraiser throughout the years. According to the Prescott Resort’s website the event raised over $7,600 for the group last year. Bracety states that all proceeds from the event go to the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters, which helps to place children with mentors.

The majority of the donations for this event comes from generous people and companies in the area who make gingerbread houses for the display. Each fall the groups and individuals purchase a “lot” from the resort varying in size and price from cottage, bungalow to estate. The size of lot purchased dictates the dimensions which gingerbread architects have to build their houses on. Bracety says the event has become “competitive for bragging rights” as many chamber of commerce groups and non-profit organizations vie for top place. According to Bracety this year they had entries from Phoenix where some of that area’s top chefs participated. This year chefs from J.W. Marriott and The Phoenician created sugary sensations. The Prescott Resort extends its support of the event by driving down to Phoenix to pick up these entries.

When asked about the judging Bracety gives this insight, “The judging can be intense. The rule is that 51% of the structure must be edible.” But if you want extra points with the judges the majority of the creation should be edible. And they count the electronics… as non-edible.

In addition to lot purchases there’s a “Donation House” in the display. People can slip a little cash into the colorful (wooden) house and give to this worthy cause while they’re admiring the gingerbread real estate. If you and family want to add a little something to the village itself you still can, in the form of gingerbread men. Every Saturday, now through December 23rd, from 10 am to 2 pm the resort is sponsoring a gingerbread man cookie decorating event. Stacey Nichols, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Customer Service Management Specialist is running the event this year and is very excited about the continuing festivities. She says, “This is a great family activity. Come spend a Saturday afternoon at the Resort! Come decorate cookies and put those cookies out there for the whole world to see!”

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