30th Festival of Gingerbread: Creative Process

AUBURN, Ind. (WANE)  A holiday tradition downtown has reached a milestone. The 30th annual Festival of Gingerbread began Friday and before all the gingerbread houses arrived at the History Center, the Haupert family let NewsChannel 15 in on the creative process.

“It’s been going pretty good. The icing is pretty much all I need with a little bit of candy and that’s pretty much all,” Will said.

Will, 10, Joey, 12 and Colin, 6 all made their own masterpiece.

“I like Notre Dame so thought that would be good to do this,” Colin said.

“I am making the Coliseum. This is the inside of it. We’re planning to do is put the outside around it and then attach poles so it can stay together,” Will said.

“It’s going to look really awesome when it’s done and I think the thing that’ll attract the most people is the tallness of the tower, that way they can see it from the others that are kind of shorter,” Joey said.

It’s the brothers’ second Festival of Gingerbread.

“Next year, you have to do it again, you feel more comfortable and then you try to make other stuff,” Will said.

Just like last year, the process takes countless hours.

“You need to have the time-management of when you can work on it and when you can’t,” Joey said.

“The hardest part is kind of figuring out how to get it to stay,” Margaret said, “I found a recipe that really it’s almost like glue, it makes it stick really well.”

In the list of festival guidelines, participants have to incorporate gingerbread and trays of homemade gingerbread, were waiting on standby.

Each gingerbread maker had their own own motivation and said all the time and effort was worth it.

“It was a turning point in American History,” Joey said.

“Who doesn’t want money,” Will said.

“It’s nice just seeing the boys creativity really come out,” Margaret said.

The Festival of Gingerbread goes through December 13. It’s at the History Center located 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne. It’s open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for children and seniors.

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