Entrances to the Gingerbread House, book drive set the stage for Latrobe’s Holly Jolly festivities

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Latrobe’s downtown business district is gearing up for its annual Holly Jolly festive event with its third annual gingerbread house contest and first book drive.

On the three Holly Jolly Days, December 2-4, visitors will see locally made gingerbread houses on the Latrobe campus of Westmoreland County Community College, on Jefferson Street and Depot Street.

They will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite sweet creation from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 2 and 3 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 4. The winners will be announced in three categories: 3 to 12 years old; 13-17 years old; and adults and organizations.

November 24 is the registration deadline to participate in the Gingerbread House contest.

Houses should be built with at least 75% edible material and should not exceed 12 inches in width and 18 inches in length and height.

Completed homes must be dropped off at the WCCC campus between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on November 29 or 30.

The central location for displaying homes is a change from last year, when homes were distributed among participating merchants.

“WCCC has been so gracious in letting us use their school,” said Emily Pasqualino, Holly Jolly committee member. “It’s a beautiful building and there is plenty of space for people to enter.”

Visit hollyjollylatrobe.com for contest entry forms and full rules.

Wanted books for children

The Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a book drive for area children in conjunction with the Holly Jolly celebration.

The chamber will accept donations of new and lightly used children’s books to distribute as gifts on the last day of the event.

Books can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays until December 1 at the room’s welcome and information center, 811 rue Ligonier, Latrobe.

The books will be sorted and packed by volunteers and will be distributed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on December 4 at the Holly Jolly event. The children will receive books adapted to their age by the helpers of Santa Claus.

For more information, contact Chamber President and CEO Briana Tomack at 724-537-2671.

Jeff Himler is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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