Gingerbread House Competition entry forms due Friday

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 12:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 12:26 p.m. CDT

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove downtown businesses are teaming up with DuPage Habitat for Humanity to present their Gingerbread House Competition, as part of the Downtown Downers Grove Gingerbread Festival, again this year to help those in need.

The Gingerbread Competition is open to all ages and will be judged in three categories: student/family, amateur and professional. Two winners will be chosen per category.

The houses will be on display at various businesses throughout downtown and at Habitat’s Gingerbread Headquarters, 5122 Main St., throughout the festival. The community can support Habitat’s mission by voting for their favorite gingerbread house with donations.

All entries must be entirely edible and contain no produce, dairy or meat products. Entry forms must be submitted no later than Friday and completed houses must be delivered by Nov. 27.

Student, family and amateur house dimensions should not exceed 2 feet wide by 2 feet deep and 2 feet high. Professional house dimensions should not exceed 3 feet wide by 3 feet deep and 3 feet high.

For information on the competition or the event, visit downtowndg.org or dupagehabitat.org or call Mary at DuPage Habitat directly at 630-510-3737 ext. 308.

Homes receiving the highest donations will win the “Elves Favorite” award.

There also will be gingerbread house decorating opportunities with habitat partner families and staff, pictures with the gingerbread man and more.

Local media personalities and community stakeholders are being put to the challenge and are asked to stop by to sign Habitat’s “Wall of Fame.” Additionally, the professional entrees will be silent-auctioned with all proceeds benefiting DuPage Habitat.

“This is a great way to elevate awareness about Habitat’s mission and to support people in need within our own community,” Executive Director of DuPage Habitat for Humanity David Neary said in a statement. “The event is especially meaningful because these gingerbread houses will help us build stable communities through homeownership. It’s a fun approach to increasing community involvement with Habitat for Humanity.”

The Gingerbread House fundraiser will be part of the annual Downtown Downers Grove Gingerbread Festival, which runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 1.

The festival features a variety of themed activities including “Gingerbread Man Hunt,” the official tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by the Village of Downers Grove, visits with Santa in his Gingerbread House, complimentary carriage rides and the Gingerbread House Competition.

Proceeds from the competition will help fund homeownership opportunities for limited income families in need of a safe, decent place to live. Habitat works in partnership with families and the community to build homes using volunteer labor and donations. The homes are sold to qualifying families at no profit and a 0 percent interest rate.

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