Gingerbread House Festival returns in downtown Cobourg
Donna McMurray (right) of the Dutch Oven and Heather Jopling of Habitat for Humanity Northumberland look at McMurray's creation for the second annual Gingerbread House Festival and fundraiser underway in downtown Cobourg. VALERIE MACDONALD/Northumberland Today
There are 35 gingerbread houses at 34 locations in downtown Cobourg adding to the reasons shoppers can enjoy a trip downtown – and take part in a silent auction fundraiser.The Habitat for Humanity Northumberland's second annual Gingerbread House Festival gives everyone the chance to take part in free draws for amateur ginger-bread edifices, says Habitat's festival organizer, Heather Jopling and a silent auction will decide who walks away with the professional gingerbread houses when judging is completed on Dec. 10 at Habitat's Restore on Division Street in Cobourg.
“We had a great public response last year,” Jopling said, adding that while draw tickets are free, people are encouraged to made a small donation. Silent auction bids start at $25.
“All money raised through this festival will be used to help build five affordable homes in Northumberland County in 2017,” states a media release.
“The comfort of a home is often paramount at this time of year. Habitat encourages people to talk about the power of a home while helping to raise holiday spirits, promote local businesses, and also raise funds to building more Habitat Homes in 2017.”