LOGAN – It’s Christmas time in the city and the lights and sounds invite one and all to walk down Main Street of Logan and enjoy the superb holiday decorations.
Gingerbread houses are on display in the windows of many of the downtown businesses. Businesses take part in the Parade of Gingerbread Homes and they find people are drawn to their business because of them. The entries are divided into two categories, the professional and community entries.
Gary Saxton of the Logan Downtown Alliance has been touting this years gingerbread home tour.
“After 20 years, the event has grown into a much-loved local holiday tradition, not only for the architects who design gingerbread creations, but for everyone who participates by voting on their favorite edible wonderland,” he said. “This year, each architect will have a chance to win a $100 Grand Prize.”
Bryce Bosworth of U and I Furniture said he has been a part of the Gingerbread Parade of Homes since it began.
“We have been doing it since day one,” he said. ”It’s a way to give back to the community and is a lot of fun for families.”
Lauren Olsen works at the Ellen Eccles Theatre ticket office and said she likes to watch people look through the window at their gingerbread creation.
“It’s kind of a self-guided tour and people go from place to place and look through the window,” she said. “It’s fun to see people come in the building to get a closer look.”
Marquie Juarez and Britnie Murray at Coppin’s Hallmark Shop admired the gingerbread home and the candy used to build the “Christmas Greenhouse” built and decorated by Megan Myers.
“It’s a tradition for a lot of people,” Murray said. “And it brings a lot of people downtown.”
Kent Ricks, owner of Curate Company, said the Parade of Gingerbread Homes was a great event.
“We’re loving it. We are seeing families come by and it gets kids excited for Christmas,” he said. “We are happy to participate and customers are finding us because of the Gingerbread tour.”
Some of the displays have a cluster of buildings creating a scene, like the Christmas Village Train Station made by Sue Ann Salmon, in the window of U and I furniture located at 28 W. 100 North.
There is also a lot of detail in the creation of the David Eccles Home, made by Jennifer and Ashlyn Erickson, on display at S.E. Needham Jewelers located at 141 North Main.
Some of the homes have lights to add to the holiday atmosphere of the all the lighted businesses, trees and sidewalks at night.