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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 http://www.GettysburgFestival.org.

Below are the entry and sponsorship PDFs:

Gingerbread Entry Sheet

Sponsor Opportunities

Vendor Application