Students and community members gathered on Sunday, December 2nd in the gymnasium of Grace Lutheran Church on the corner of Beaver Avenue and Garner Street in downtown State College to enjoy the afternoon and get into the holiday spirit while supporting Penn State Habitat for Humanity as we get ready for our annual Collegiate Challenge trips and continue to plan volunteering evens around the Centre County community. Each team was given a bowl of icing and a slab of gingerbread, with an hour and a half to create the best gingerbread creation they could. At the start of the competition, teams could visit the decoration table to pick up candy, sprinkles, extra icing, toothpicks, and other supplies to help them build their creations. There was some intense hustle throughout the start of the event, and after a half an hour the houses really started coming together.
Walls were rising and gingerbread was flying as the time limit approached, but every team was able to finish in time. After time was called, our two judges maneuvered between houses and judged each one based on creativity, use of materials, structure, detail, and aesthetics. This year there were some great creations we didn't expect, including two lighthouses, an igloo, a dog house, and Beaver Stadium! Our judges just couldn't decide which house was the best, so the victory this year went to two teams, and their creations can be seen above! Each team received a certificate recognizing their gingerbread building mastery and a Penn State Habitat mug to sip their hot cocoa out of this holiday season.
A very special thank you goes to Woodloch Resort for donating all of the gingerbread and candy for the event - we couldn't have put on a successful fundraiser without their generosity!
We hope you're excited for next year's Gingerbread Build, because we certainly are! We hope to see you there, and wish everyone a happy holiday!