Gingerbread House decorating party cancelled

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The Gingerbread House decorating party has fallen victim to COVID-19.

This much anticipated annual event, hosted by the United Way of Pictou County, has been cancelled due to rising numbers of those infected with the virus.

The house build was to take place at the Museum of Industry this year.

Ellen Fanning, executive director of the United Way of Pictou County said, “With the number of COVID-19 cases rising in Nova Scotia, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the United Way of Pictou County’s Gingerbread House Decorating Party at the Museum of Industry on December 5and 6.”

For the past number of years, local youngsters gave gathered together to decorate gingerbread houses to help sweeten their holidays by placing candy and other treats on pre-assembled gingerbread houses. This year’s event was planned with plenty of safety precautions to guard against COVID-19, including mask wearing and social distancing.

“Our responsibility and commitment to ensuring everyone remains healthy and safe would be difficult with so many families planning to attend.”

Anyone who has preregistered for the event will be offered the option to either have a full refund, or pick up a Gingerbread House Decorating Kit at the United Way office in New Glasgow, after December 3. The kit will contain the extra icing, candies and other goodies usually available at the event. 

“Although this year’s in-person event is cancelled, we are encouraging participating kids to send us a photo of their decorated house. We plan to share the images of their awesome Gingerbread House creations on our social media,” Fanning said. Photos can be sent to info@pictoucountyunitedway.ca.