November 19, 2018
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Icing the Competition

Aurora's Midwest Gingerbread House Competition works to end homelessness
Cameron Tinker of Tinker’s Bakery in Lexington, Ky., was the first place winner in the professional category.

It’s that time of the year when the smell of cookies fills the air, confectioners sugar mimics freshly fallen snow, caramel syrups windows, and royal icing serves as brick and mortar. Aurora Inc.’s third annual Midwest Gingerbread House Competition fundraiser is just around the corner.

This innovative and exciting event on Dec. 7 is expected to feature about 70 gingerbread house-building teams from all over the Midwest that will compete in three divisions: professional, amateur, and youth. Aurora’s goal is to end homelessness in Evansville.

“It is great to be able to take part in this event for such a great cause in the Evansville community,” says Cameron Tinker, owner of Tinker’s Cake Shop in Lexington, Ky., and the 2012 professional division winner. “I think it’s awesome every year to see other professionals, amateurs, and kids getting together to have fun making these gingerbread houses and to raise money to prevent homelessness in the area.”

Local celebrity judges and emcees will help with the event, which will include entertainment acts, a silent auction, and gingerbread activities for all.

“I really enjoy the competition,” says Jessica Marcrum, a competitor in the youth division. “Last year, we won the People’s Choice Award and … hope that people enjoy our entry for this year just as much.”

The fundraiser has been very successful in the past couple years. In 2012, sponsors, competitors, and guests helped raise nearly $39,000 for Aurora’s cause.

Dianna Thorsen, Tonna Seibert, and Linda Mercer, the 2012 amateur division winners, say the event is loads of fun and involves tons of royal icing and a mountain of gingerbread. They had never before taken part in a competition but found it to be challenging and a learning experience.

For more information about Aurora Inc. and the Gingerbread House Competition, call 812-428-3246 or visit auroraevansville.org.

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