Gettysburg Festival Plans 2nd Annual Holiday Event

(Gettysburg, Pa., September 30, 2011) – Gettysburg Festival’s 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Celebration is set for early December and the public is invited to participate by creating gingerbread houses that will be eligible for cash prizes.

This year’s event is planned for December 1-3 at the new Adams County Arts Council’s Arts Education Center located at 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg.  The 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Celebration is presented by The Christmas Haus, New Oxford and offers $500, $250 and $100 cash prizes to the top three houses as determined by the Festival’s panel of judges.  There will also be a “People’s Choice” award as voted by all attendees.

“The creativity and imagination baked into last year’s gingerbread houses was simply astounding,” said Festival Interim Executive Director Karen Hendricks.  “Each gingerbread house was truly a work of art, so we are excited to see a new round of creative entries for 2011.  The top three entries last year were created in home kitchens, so we certainly encourage bakers of all backgrounds to enter and compete.”

Community members, from individuals to businesses, organizations, clubs, or teams of friends, are encouraged to create festive gingerbread houses.  Participants are not required to have a culinary connection—although area restaurants, hotels and culinary schools are also invited to participate.

Creativity is encouraged.  The gingerbread houses must be 100% edible.  Entry forms, guidelines and more information can be found on or by calling 717-334-0853.

“Every gingerbread house donated through the community is considered a generous gesture towards supporting the arts in Gettysburg,” said Hendricks.  “Our goal is certainly to grow the event, but also to share the festive holiday spirit with the community.”

All of the gingerbread houses will be available for purchase via sponsorships, silent bidding as well as online bidding, to benefit the non-profit Gettysburg Festival.  Every year, more than 50% of the Festival’s 75+ events are free and open to the public, making the arts accessible to all.  Community members, businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring a house may contact Festival Development Director Kate Philips at 717-334-0853.

Bakers contributing gingerbread houses will receive complimentary tickets to the Thursday, December 1 kickoff event–a holiday party including complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres and the first opportunity to view all of the gingerbread houses.

Festivities on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3 include free admission to view the gingerbread houses, refreshments and a holiday artisan market including works by Festival plein air artists and additional items for sale by Adams County Arts Council members.  Hours are from 9 am-9 pm on Friday and from 9 am-5 pm on Saturday.

Gettysburg Festival, a nonprofit arts organization, is coming off a highly-successful 2011 Festival attended by more than 23,000 people from at least 37 states.  The Festival’s mission is to celebrate American arts, culture and cuisine against the historic backdrop of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  For more information, check the Festival website, or call 717-334-0853.