Children in the 12 and under category decorate during a gingerbread decorating competition at Hotel Vetro on Sunday December 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Photos: Downtown Gingerbread House Competition (12/10/17)

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Tables sit ready for use during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Competitors arrive early to set up during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Children were invited to write letters to Santa during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Competitors begin decorating during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Children 12 and under compete in their own category during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Mom-bloggers decorate their Grinch scene during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Children in the 12 and under category decorate during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Group decorates their house during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

A group decorates their version of Snoopy's doghouse during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Young and old work together to decorate their house during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

Mom-bloggers work on their Grinch scene during a gingerbread decorating competition at hotelVetro on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Students, children, and community members were invited to participate in the annual holiday competition. Many community members had competed before, most bringing their own ingredients. (Katie Goodale/The Daily Iowan)

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