Switzerland County culinary architects are invited to submit entries in Switzerland County Tourism's annual Holiday Gingerbread House contest. Both youth and adult submissions are encouraged. The contest is open only to residents of Switzerland County.

Entries must have been constructed in 2012. Complete entries must be delivered to the Switzerland County Visitors Center, 128 W. Main S. in Vevay on Dec. 3-6 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

Entries may depict any architectural structure, either real or imaginary. All components, except for the base, must be edible. All foil or plastic-wrapped candies must be exhibited unwrapped.

Electric lighting is not permitted in either division.  

Entries will be judged on overall appearance, originality, creativity, difficulty, and precision.

Judging will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. during First Friday festivities. Awards will include a first place in each division. Additional awards may be added at the judges' discretion.

Gingerbread houses will be displayed at the Switzerland County Visitors Center office through Dec. 28. They must be picked up by Sunday, Dec. 30.

For more information, contact the Switzerland County Visitors Center at (812) 427-3237 or e-mail visitsc@vevayin.com.