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Henryetta high school students continued a nearly 200-year-old tradition of making gingerbread houses.
The students were competing in a series of contests this past week, shaping the traditional holiday project into a number of different styles and shapes.
Once completed, the houses were put on display for fellow students to see and cast their ballots.
Winning the best overall vote was the house built by Kayla Gray and Pepper Logan.
The team of Bailee Davis and D.J. Harrison received the best use of materials title.
Zane Wheeler, Markie Purdue and CHeyanne Bullard joined forces to take home the best construction title.
The most original title went to Taylor Graffman and Makayla Baxter.
he tradition of making decorated gingerbread houses started in Germany in the early 1800s. According to certain researchers, the first gingerbread houses were the result of the well-known Grimm's fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel" in which the two children abandoned in the forest found an edible house made of bread with sugar decorations.
Recently the record for world’s largest gingerbread house was broken. The previous record was set by the Mall of America in 2006. The new winning gingerbread house, spanning nearly 40,000 cubic feet, was erected at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas. The house required a building permit and was built much like a traditional house. 4,000 gingerbread bricks were used during its construction. To put that in perspective, a recipe for a house this size would include 1,800 pounds of butter and 1,080 ounces of ground ginger.


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