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You might mistake Wilson for the North Pole this week as edible vignettes of winter, the holidays and Jackson Hole are set up throughout the West Bank for the second annual Community Gingerbread Exhibit, Competition and Scavenger Hunt.

“We started the Gingerbread Exhibit last year because we were still amid COVID and we couldn’t hold our annual Wilson gift show,” said Amanda Moyer, executive director of the Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center. “We wanted a way to get people out and about to support local businesses.”

Gingerbread houses will be on display at Basecamp, Bentwood Inn, Hungry Jack’s General Store, Mangy Moose Restaurant, Pumpkin Patch Preschool, Rendezvous Mountain Rentals, Stagecoach Bar, Teton Gravity Research, Old Wilson Schoolhouse, Wilson Hardware and Wilsons Pizza. The exhibit, competition, scavenger hunt and online voting opened Monday and runs through Dec. 10. 

Last year’s entries were elaborate. One entry reproduced the façade of Hungry Jack’s, complete with customers and their dogs purchasing concessions. TGR included an actual image of Teton Pass for its display of the Orange Tangerine truck driving Highway 22.

Each participating business also will have a clue word embedded in their display that holiday enthusiasts must find. They can then submitted the clue words online, and for every one found they will get a raffle ticket. That’s the only way to enter the raffle for chances to win prizes including gift certificates to local businesses and at least one $100 Visa gift card.

Gingerbread house hunters also can vote for their favorite sweet pad with the voting form on the Old Wilson Schoolhouse website.

To vote in person, attend the Wilson Gift Show, which will return from its COVID hiatus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Moyer said news of the gift show’s revitalization was so well received she has a waitlist for vendors.

“We have 18 artisan-vendors selling ceramics, jewelry, textiles, photography, prints, Belgian chocolates, birdhouses and local cider,” Moyer said. “The gift show is always a big hit. It’s the only gift show in Wilson, and people really look forward to it.”

Contact Tibby Plasse via 732-7078 or

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