EUGENE, Ore. (KMTR) – Some sweet competition took place at Eugene's 5th Street Market on Saturday combining candy and architecture.
The market hosted the first annual Eugene’s Gingerbread Competition on Saturday, December 15.
About twenty entries took part, competing in categories like Best in Show, People’s Choice and others. The event was split into kids, adults and design professionals categories.
A Eugene architecture group called Design Spring came up with the contest as a way to encourage locals to think about architecture.
The group works with local unemployed and underemployed architecture students and professionals with a goal to do community design work.
“It's a way for everybody to get involved in the design process. And a lot of people, you know, we go around our day to day lives and we all interact with buildings and places that have been designed. But until you kind of get to put something together, you don't think about it the same way,” says Rachel Auerbach, program director for Design Spring.
Design Spring is hoping for another competition like this in 2013. All the money raised by the event benefits the non-profit group and local charities.