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Organization’s Yearly Fundraising Event to Benefit Local Non-profits, Gettysburg Festival and Survivors, Inc. Submissions for Entries in All Categories Being Accepted Now

GETTYSBURG, PA (September 4, 2013) – Gettysburg Festival, Inc., is gearing up for its 4th Annual Gingerbread Celebration & Holiday Mart to be held Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7 at GBlogoFullthe Gettysburg campus of Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). Featuring an exhibit of gingerbread houses and gingerbread men made by area residents and businesses, the Gingerbread Celebration is a fundraiser for non-profit organizations, Gettysburg Festival and Survivors, Inc. Free and open to the public both days, this year’s event will feature new entry categories with prizes, “People’s Choice” voting, a live auction of gingerbread houses and a ticketed reception from 5-7 Friday evening. The Gingerbread Celebration will also play host to the popular Holiday Mart, featuring vendor booths from area artisans and crafters, where attendees can purchase unique, holiday-themed gifts. “The Gingerbread Celebration and Holiday Mart promises to be bigger and better than ever this year” said Gettysburg Festival Executive Director, Randy Prasse. “The Holidays are already an exciting time around the Borough— with the Holiday House Tour and Tasting, First Friday, and the Old Getty Place Christmas Parade and Tree lighting—we believe our event will enhance these other great traditions and contribute to the overall Holiday appeal for visitors and residents alike.”
The Gingerbread Celebration will be accepting entries in the following categories: Families/school-aged children, amateur/home bakers and professional chefs. Area businesses are also welcome to gather co-workers together to submit an entry to win the soon-to-be highly-coveted traveling “Ginger Trophy” in the Business Challenge category. According to Prasse, “One aspect of this event that I am most excited about— because it involves local businesses and further engages them with the community’s Holiday celebration— is the newly introduced Business Challenge. It encourages employees of area businesses to team up to share Holiday cheer with their co-workers and do something the entire community can share in.” If the thought of designing a gingerbread house is too daunting, there is also an option to design a Gingerbread Man/Woman. Entry form submissions are being accepted through November 22nd. An announcement of prizes for each category will be forthcoming. Winners will be determined by “People’s Choice” votes submitted throughout the event. While the Gingerbread Celebration is free, there will be a ticketed reception on Friday, December 6 from 5:00-7:00pm, featuring culinary samplings from top area chefs and a live auction of the Gingerbread Houses. Tickets are $20 for individuals or $35 per couple, with proceeds going to non-profit Gettysburg Festival and Survivors, Inc. “We partnered with Survivor’s Inc. this year because, while domestic violence is a terrible environment to live in any time, the Holidays are an especially difficult time for families faced with it,” Prasse said. “Our collaboration with Survivor’s Inc. allows us to both produce a fun, family event for those who attend and make a lasting impact in the community where it truly matters— at the individual family level.” For more information about the Gettysburg Festival, Inc.’s Gingerbread Celebration or to download entry submission and vendor applications, please visit

Below are the entry and sponsorship PDFs:

Gingerbread Entry Sheet

Sponsor Opportunities

Vendor Application

By Karen Hendricks

It’s just like the classic line, “Catch me if you can,” from the children’s story The Gingerbread Man…

As the holiday season draws nearer, there are a number of opportunities to still enjoy the incredible gingerbread houses created for the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Celebration.  A number of houses have found “prime real estate” within Gettysburg’s public places, so be sure to stop by and enjoy these fabulous creations during your holiday travels.

Your first stop might be Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater, where the largest 2011 gingerbread entry has taken up residence.  Built by Team Robinson of Hanover, this massive three-foot-high structure is on display in the main lobby, also able to be viewed through the theater’s front windows on Carlisle Street.  Two of the creators, Tony and Jennifer Robinson, explained they were inspired to create a New York City-style gingerbread entry.  So if you look closely, you will see a New York City brownstone (a perfect match for gingerbread dough), a city cathedral, Rockefeller Center, and even a rotating Christmas tree in the center to represent the big apple’s famous tree at Rockefeller Center.

This amazing gingerbread creation is only on display for a few more days, as this gingerbread gift changes hands once more.  The Majestic Theater will be drawing a name from a hat this Saturday, December 17 during the free holiday movie “The Polar Express” and one lucky movie patron will be the proud new owner.

Not only did this house win 2nd prize as determined by the Festival’s independent panel of judges, but it also won the popular vote of “People’s Choice” during the entire December 1-3 Gingerbread House Celebration.  While on display, it garnered a number of generous, silent bids from attendees.  When the dust cleared, the high bidder was Festival Trustee Edie Jardine of Fairfield.  Thanks to her generous nature, she then donated the house to the Majestic Theater so that the public could enjoy it a while longer.  Bravo!

Another award-winning house from 2011 can be found on Lincoln Square.  The 3rd place entry, created by Gettysburg Radiology Oncology staff, is on display at The Historic Gettysburg Hotel.  Modeled after a French chateau, don’t miss the intricate construction accented by adjacent colorful gardens.  Much like the aforementioned gingerbread gift, Festival Trustee Monica Oss was the high bidder on this impressive house and decided to donate it to one of Gettysburg’s most popular public buildings for continued community enjoyment.  Many families and children especially enjoyed seeing the house during the hotel’s recent “Breakfast with Santa” event.

Creating a gingerbread model of an actual structure is no small accomplishment.  But two women from Gettysburg, Donna and Teresa, set out to do just that when they created a gingerbread replica of the new Adams County Arts Council facility.  Coincidentally, the new Arts Education Center is where the 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Celebration took place.  All elements of each gingerbread house are to be edible, according to the Festival’s rules, and this entry even includes the Adams County Arts Council signage done via edible pen work.  Many thanks to Peggy Talbot of the Arts Council staff, for her high bid on this architectural gem.  Stop by the new facility, located at 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg, where it remains on display.

If you’re still in need of Christmas stocking stuffers, i.e. “candy,” you may want to visit Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium, a few miles west of Gettysburg on Route 30.  His corporate sponsorship of the gingerbread event allowed him to choose a storybook-style entry created by a mother-daughter team, “The Hamraps” of Fairfield, PA.  Mr. Ed is proudly displaying this candy-laden house in his unique shop.

A townhouse-style gingerbread house was appropriately adopted via corporate sponsorship by Property Management Inc (PMI) of Lemoyne, PA.  This colorful “Gingerbread Bakery” was created dollhouse-style by Chelsea Walton of Hanover, who coincidentally works as a pastry chef at a major Lancaster restaurant.  PMI is spreading holiday cheer by putting the house on public display at one of its townhouse apartment complexes, Breckenridge Village, Gettysburg, with the office located on Village Drive in the area of Gettysburg Hospital.

Finally, one additional gingerbread house–a church, actually–is on public display.  This precisely-built church, created by Rebecca Colpo of Red Lion, PA was secured via high bid by a generous donor who contributed it to a Gettysburg area community, The Preserves at Cumberland Village, located off Herr’s Ridge Road.  The spire-topped gingerbread church is on display within the neighborhood’s community building.  But a group of neighborhood women also plan on taking the church “on the road” as they go caroling at area senior centers through the holidays.  We hope it travels well and spreads community cheer!

So just like “the gingerbread man,” catch these amazing creations while you can… but unlike his fellow storybook characters Hansel and Gretel, please don’t munch on these houses while leaving your breadcrumb trails through town.  Happy holidays!

P.S. You can enjoy more gingerbread photos on the Festival’s Facebook page by clicking here.