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Watauga Habitat for Humanity Kicks Off Holiday Season with Gingerbread House Competition on Nov. 29

Children stand behind their completed gingerbread houses after a successful workshop.

Nov. 15, 2012. Watauga Habitat for Humanity will host its 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Competition on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Helen Powers South Room of ASU’s Broyhill Events Center.

During the event, teams of up to five individuals will compete to win prizes in several categories, including People’s Choice, Best Structural Integrity and Most Creative. The Grand Judges’ Prize will be awarded to the best house overall, and team members will receive the coveted golden hammer.

Basic gingerbread kits and some extras will be provided, but any teams feeling particularly competitive are welcomed to bring their own edible supplies as well.

ASU’s campus radio station, 90.5 WASU, will broadcast live. The event will also feature a raffle – entries will be for sale at the door. Students and community members of all ages are welcomed to register as a team or to attend and vote for their favorite gingerbread house.

Watauga Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that works to provide decent, affordable housing to low-income residents of Watauga County. Homes are volunteer-built with land and materials that are donated or purchased at reduced cost, then sold at no profit. Homeowners pay for their houses by making monthly payments on a 0 percent interest mortgage, yielding an average payment of $350 per month.

Since 1987, Watauga Habitat has provided 21 homes for Watauga County families in need. Its latest project is the GreenWood subdivision in the Green Valley area, where 18 to 22 homes will be built in the next several years.

All proceeds from the Gingerbread House Competition will benefit Watauga Habitat for Humanity. For more information, contact Sarah Katherine Mabe at mabesk@appstate.edu.