Gingerbread creations on display

From staff reports

The 2018 Gingerbread Festival at the Blennerhassett Hotel offers a variety of tasteful — and tasty — displays running through the day after Christmas.

The exhibits are free to view, although there is a Peoples’ Choice award which will be determined by the amount of money collected. Each of the exhibitors paid an entry fee of $25 and along with the Peoples’ Choice proceeds will be go to the Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

“Last year, the building of gingerbread houses raised nearly $2,000 to help build actual houses in the community,” said Nicole Slattery, hotel marketing director and an organizer of the Gingerbread Festival.

The Peoples’ Choice winner will be announced at the end of the festival on Wednesday.

Hours are while the hotel is open, which is around the clock, but the preferred time is 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, Slattery said. The hotel never closes, she said.

The Gingerbread Festival was held for several years up through 2015 before skipping a year and returning in 2017 with a new format to coincide with the annual Festival of Trees for the Easter Seal Society, which was recently completed at the hotel.

Entries and awards for this year’s festival are in three divisions: Adult, 18 and up; Junior, ages 13-17; and Child, ages 12 and under.