For 15 years, families in the Wichita area have kicked off the holiday season with Gingerbread Village, a place to gaze at expertly crafted gingerbread houses and create your own miniature version. Here's what you need to know about the event:
1) This year, the event has moved to the Sedgwick County Extension Center, at 7001 W. 21st St. N. Organizers expect more than 3,500 people to visit.
2) People who attend Gingerbread Village will start by touring the village, which features gingerbread houses created by volunteers. Then it's time to create your own house with the help of volunteers who can show you how and will provide all of the ingredients and equipment to do it.
3) The Village also includes a 6-foot-fall replica of a gingerbread house and a miniature ice-skating rink with a gingerbread boy skating around it.
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4) It's all for a good cause. The Assistance League of Wichita holds the fundraising event to help pay for projects benefiting local school children. The league also contributes money to buy survival kits for adult sexual assault victims, and teddy bears and clothing for sexual assault victims who are children.
5) Hours for Gingerbread Village are 2 to 8 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 at the door, free for ages 2 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.