A table of gingerbread houses is on display from a previous competition (Photo submitted/Marcia Rice)

A table of gingerbread houses is on display from a previous competition (Photo submitted/Marcia Rice)

Gingerbread house competition to go ahead as pre-registration opens

Residents must pre-register before Nov. 23 to have their homes entered for consideration

Residents are invited to get creative again as the sixth annual Gingerbread House Challenge is set to go ahead.

The event tasks competitors with creating the most innovative and most delicious-looking gingerbread house to win prizes.

A prize will be awarded to the various categories which include, individual youth, individual adult, family, corporate, club/organization and school classroom.

There is an entry fee to compete in the challenge, the entry fee for each gingerbread house is a donation to the food bank for their Christmas Hamper.

Entries along with the donation must be brought to Riverlodge Recreation Centre on Nov. 25 by 9 p.m.

With the effect, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had on the competition it has seen a lower number of entries.

“The numbers were down the last two years due to covid but what was brought in you can tell covid hasn’t broken the Christmas spirit in Kitimat, we hope to have more this year,” said Marcia Rice, Riverlodge recreation programmer.

When people bring their gingerbread houses to Riverlodge, they will be put on display for the public to view and vote on. Ballots will be handed out at the front desk for anyone who will be using the facility. Due to rules surrounding COVID-19, there will not be a silent auction held for the various entries they will need to either be picked up or disposed of after the contest.

Those interested in entering must pre-register before Nov. 23 at 9 p.m. by calling the Recreation Centre at 250-632-8970.