There are always memories built by families that hold a special place in the heart. Whether it is crafting snowmen, going ice skating or just spending time reminiscing around the Christmas tree, those traditions always hold a spot in the holiday lineup. Heart of Rockford Business Association is starting a new event this year, and it falls beautifully in line with those traditions. It is a Gingerbread Contest. There are different divisions, with the contest featuring gingerbread houses—and gingerbread people for the younger set. The entries will be showcased in the downtown stores, and will add another decorative dimension to the holiday tidings. “We are very excited to start this new event,” said Marge Cavender, owner of Rudy Kazoody’s and organizer of the event. “It is a great way for families to spend time together and offers a creative opportunity that is not only unique, but also fits right in with the holidays. We are hoping the community will come into the shops, enjoy the wonderful entries and vote for their favorite.” The entries will be judged by a panel made up of local chefs and media personalities, and there will also be a People’s Choice award, where the public will vote for their favorite entry. The three divisions—open, ages 13-18, and ages 5-12—will enable the entire family to showcase their talents. The 5-12 age group will feature entries of Gingerbread People, allowing the little ones to enter their own creation. On Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m., Tracy Webber at Grand Cakes, 46 East Bridge St., will be hosting a demonstration on how to make a gingerbread house so that entrants can find out tips and tricks. The contest runs from December 2 through 18 with winners announced on December 19 on the Chamber website. The first prize for the judged open division is a $250 gift card for the family to Double JJ Resort. Please go to www.rockfordmichamber.com for information, a list of contest rules and a registration form. The Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Heart of Rockford Business Association, and The River 100.5 FM invite you to capture the magic of the holidays in this delightful—and creative—way.