Three-year-old Samantha checks out the gingerbread houses at the Prestige.

Three-year-old Samantha checks out the gingerbread houses at the Prestige.

Gingerbread houses built for Christmas Bureau

The sweet smell of gingerbread at the Prestige hotel

For four years the Prestige Best Western Hotel restaurant has been sponsoring the annual Gingerbread House contest and for four years hundreds of dollars has been donated to the Christmas Bureau.

This year is only slightly different. High school and elementary school students have entered the contest.

“We opened it up to everybody,” said Valerie Lessard, owner/operating manager for the West Coast Grill.

The way it works is that people come to the hotel and check out the gingerbread house entries which are in the main lobby. They can then bid on their favorite and if their bid is the highest they get to take the gingerbread house creation home.

This year, the names of the builders are on cards and friends and family can support their favorites.

There will be three winners. The first place builder takes home a certificate for a one-night stay at the Prestige and a $100 gift certificate to the West Coast Grill. Second and third place winners take hone $50 and $25 gift certificates.

Each year the Gingerbread House contest brings in between $450 and $650 for the Christmas Bureau.

“It’s something fun to come and look at,” said Lessard. “It’s fun for the kids and it raises much-needed money. It’s all for a good cause. In the end they do it for charity.”