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36th Annual Festival of Gingerbread kicks off Friday

The History Center - 36th Annual Festival of Gingerbread
The History Center - 36th Annual Festival of Gingerbread(The History Center)
Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 11:30 AM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - For the 36th year, the Festival of Gingerbread has returned to The History Center in downtown Fort Wayne.

The fest opened up to the public at 9 a.m. on Friday and lasts through Sunday, Dec. 19. You can stop by Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 pm; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

The seasonal event displays over a hundred elaborate and sweet gingerbread creations. Inside, you’ll find recreations like the Disney castle, unique candy sculptures, and even models of familiar places here in town.

Artists compete for first place in age groups of pre-k to second grade, 3rd to 6th grade, teen, adult, family, and elite. A final accolade, the “People’s Choice Award” will be announced at the end of the festival.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for ages 3-17 and for those 65 and up. History Center members and kids two and under get in for free, organizers say. The ticket price also includes admission to the History Center.

If you can’t make it in person, the center is also offering a “Virtual Gingerbread Tour,” a professionally produced video tour that features each gingerbread creation. Learn more about the virtual tours and see the center’s full list of events here.

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