MANCHESTER - Brook Valley Appliance is participating in the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber Merriment activities this holiday season and invites the community to enter a Gingerbread House competition that they are hosting.

There will be three levels of judging. Youth, adult and professional.

Prizes sponsored by the Vermont Country Store, JK Adams and Brook Valley will be awarded to the most creative in each category. The entry fee is $25 and entries must be delivered to the store by Dec. 14. The houses will be on display through Dec. 23. Proceeds from this competition will go to support the local food cupboards.

Ellen Ogden will demonstrate how to construct a gingerbread house on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m. in the BVA kitchen to jump start the competition. Attendees will leave with a special bag of candy from the Vermont Country Store to help them decorate their own creations. Tickets are $25 per person and include the entry fee for the competition. On Dec. 14 Ali West of the HN Williams Department Store in Dorset will share fun cookie ideas for holiday giving in the BVA Kitchen at 11 a.m. Tickets for this event are $15. A percentage of the proceeds from both of these demos will also go to support Manchester Merriment and the local food cupboards.

For more details call 802-362-1045 or email brookval@comcast.net. Tickets are available through the Manchester Chamber on Bonnet Street and at Brook Valley Appliance, which is located at 1011 Depot Street in Manchester. Space is limited.