30th Anniversary of the Gingerbread Festival

By: Greg Robinson Email
By: Greg Robinson Email

This week Hindman is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Gingerbread Festival.

Folks come from across the region to eat the tasty treats, but the way the festival got its name might surprise you.

If you go to the Gingerbread Festival you are probably inclined to think it's named after gingerbread, but that’s not necessarily true.

We found plenty of gingerbread.

Finding people who knew how the festival got its name was harder to come by.

So we turned to an expert with first-hand knowledge.

“I know my grandmother, she was a very well known gingerbread maker, and politicians would hire her to go on the poll grounds and actually handout gingerbread. Basically, it was a form of vote buying, but at the time there were no laws that could govern that kind of thing and you could do that,” Corbett Mullins said.

Even if you don't stop by to eat some gingerbread you can always come to see the world's largest gingerbread man.

The Gingerbread Festival is also celebrating the area's Native American Heritage this year.

The event will run through this weekend.

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