Builders craft gingerbread houses

The Harker Heights Activities Center hosted a free class on how to design, build and decorate a gingerbread house on Saturday.

HARKER HEIGHTS — Building memories took center stage Saturday afternoon at the Harker Heights Activities Center.

Center staff hosted a free class on how to design, build and decorate gingerbread houses.

Originally only open to 15 “builders,” Sarah Mylcraine, activities specialist, upped the class size to 28 because she didn’t want to turn interested families away.

“This is the first time we have offered this and since so many more people were interested, we increased the size of the class,” she said.

Mylcraine said a gingerbread house contest will be a new feature at the 10th annual Frost Fest on Dec. 6.

“We wanted to get people in the holiday spirit and get their creative wheels turning so that they have an idea of what they want to submit to the contest,” Mylcraine said.

A family affair

Equipped with graham crackers to make the house, frosting to act as the glue and a variety of edible decorations, builders like brothers Byon and Jetana Chumnoeur said they couldn’t wait to get started.

“It’s a family tradition of ours to build a gingerbread house every year,” said their mom, Sochara Chumnoeur. “We are new to the area and when we saw this event advertised, we thought it would be a fun way to continue our tradition.”

After listening to instructions from Mylcraine, Byon, 4, and Jetana, 6, carefully grabbed their first graham cracker and got to work.

“I’m excited to build it, but my favorite part is decorating it with the candy,” Jetana said.

Byon couldn’t wait for his mom to look away so he could sneak a “decoration” into his mouth.

Teamwork was the name of the game for Debra Summerford and her granddaughter, Tabitha Scott, 4.

“This is a fun activity for the holidays and a great way for us to spend quality time together and make new memories,” Summerford said.

Summerford did the heavy lifting by scoring the graham crackers with a plastic knife and Tabitha finished the job by “gluing” the pieces to another cracker to adhere the roof to the walls.

“I’ve got more frosting on my hands then on my house,” Tabitha said, licking her fingers.

To enter a 100 percent edible gingerbread house in the contest, participants need to fill out a contest entry form at the center, 400 Indian Trail, or the Recreation Center, 300 Miller’s Crossing, no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 4.

For more information, call Mylcraine at 254-953-5466 or go to

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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