Online Originals: New Bern Ginger Bread Contest brightens up shop windows for the holidays

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NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) If you’ve been to The Historic Down Town of New Bern recently, you may have seen gingerbread houses in the windows of local businesses.

This is because the Historical Society of New Bern is hosting it’s third Annual Beary Merry Gingerbread House Contest And Display.

This year’s theme is “Historic New Bern Christmas.”

This year’s contest features 34 gingerbread creations at 20 different merchant windows in Down Town New Bern.

The gingerbread houses are all in close proximity to each other, and anyone can go downtown and do the Gingerbread Walk.

Gingerbread house creations were entered into the contest by November 11th, with four different category entries…

  1. Youth up to age 14
  2. Adults ages 15 and up
  3. Family – a combination of youth and adult
  4. Business/Professionals – (bakers, caterers, engineers, artists, chefs. or super-experienced builders)

The judging took place on November 26, and an Award Ceremony will be 4 pm December 14 at The O. Marks Building.

All 34 entries receive a hand-crafted pottery gingerbread ornament created by local artists.

The Youth category’s first prize winner will receive $100.

Adult, Family, and Business/Professional categories all receive $150 for a first prize winner.

Runner-ups in all four categories receive special gift cards from select merchants.

A Peoples Choice Award will also be awarded at the Ceremony. Voting takes in person at New Bern’s Pepsi-Cola store on December 3 and 6.

People can also vote online via Facebook until 10 pm on December 12.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award outside the New Bern Pepsi-Cola store. Voters can look at the board, which features all 32 gingerbread houses and place their vote in a box. Voters get a candy cane and sticker following their submission.

The final prize, The Best Reflection of Theme-Nancy Chiles Heritage Award, receives $200.

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