First Interstate Bank took People’s Choice Award honors in this season’s Gingerbread Trail fundraiser. photo provided
First Interstate Bank took People’s Choice Award honors in this season’s Gingerbread Trail fundraiser. photo provided
The winners are in for Sisters Habitat for Humanity’s 13th Annual Gingerbread Trail fundraiser. Twenty-one local businesses participated in this confectionary competition this year.

Judge’s Choice Award went to Sisters Coffee Company for their replica of a coffee roasting machine. The judges were impressed by the realism and attention to detail. The designer and creator was Shawn Moore, the Sisters Coffee Company’s baker.

The judges awarded second place to Sisters Habitat ReStore for their fudge-sticks log cabin with a lemon-cookie roof, and six-pane pretzel windows. It was built by employee Carmel Johnson.

The People’s Choice Award went to First Interstate Bank for their three-sided tableau of The Night Before Christmas. Assorted candies hung from the ceiling in the bedroom representing “visions of sugar plums,” a napping dog lay by the fireplace, and Christmas trees were decorated in the front yard. The winner of this category was determined by patrons stuffing the most money in the donation box. This work of art was the combined effort of Sisters’ First Interstate Bank employees.

Sisters Habitat Gingerbread Trail organizer, Marie Clasen, expressed her appreciation for all the businesses that participated. “It’s so fun to see the amazing creations. I always look forward to this event!”

Through Habitat for Humanity, families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Sisters Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Future homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering, or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.