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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Crawford / Hotchkiss face painter and artist Annette Murray joined in the fun of decorating kids for Christmas at the Habitat gingerbread house decorating event.

Another big Delta County Habitat for Humanity gingerbread decorating event took place at the Civic Center for kids and their families.

The third annual event got a lot of support and volunteer help from members of the Delta County Board of Realtors which had personnel on hand to help with everything from signups to cleanups.

This year's silent auction included dozens of attractive and valuable items donated by businesses, individuals and anonymous benefactors. Habitat board member Perry Hotz of Cedaredge Land Company was busy tracking the silent auction bidding online, a new addition to the silent auction this year.

The gingerbread event is a fundraiser for Delta County Habitat for Humanity.

Families arrived Saturday afternoon and picked up their pre-erected gingerbread houses. They then set themselves to the fun of decorating the tasty structures with a range of yummy building materials including everything from jelly beans to pretzels.

There were cookies and other holiday sweet treats for everyone, and free books were available for the kids.

Youngsters lined up for more fun at the face painting station. There, artist Annette Murray of Crawford (Murray Arts Face Painting and More) decorated faces for more holiday fun. Murray also participates in the Hotchkiss 2nd Saturday events and has Grandma Jo's Attic in Hotchkiss.

Christmas carols played in the background and helped everyone get into the holiday spirit -- but not a lot of help was needed for that.

Parents and kids arrived primed and ready for a good family time of building traditions together made of gingerbread, candy and love.

The importance of the event to the community is evidenced by the many sponsors and donors who contributed to support it. Event organizers provided the following list: Big John's Ace Hardware, Cindy Starr, Mona Hill, Susan Lorenz, 5680 Vineyard, Ace Hardware, Benson Brothers, Cedaredge Food Town, Cedaredge Golf Club, Cedaredge Land Company, Clubb's of Delta, AppleShed, Daveto's Restaurant, Dea Jacobson - Blue Heron Yoga, Ace Hardware Delta, Devil's Thumb Golf Course, Dollar Tree, Grand Mesa Massage, Hellman Ford, Janie Henderson, Judy Fairchild,

Kissner GC, Lily and Rose Home Furnishings, Lisa True, hair stylist, MHP Funds LLC, Mona Hill, Helping Hands Ministry, Walmart, City Market Hotchkiss, RJ's Steak House, Safeway, Short Branch Liquor, Starr's Guitar, Sunflower Room, Tara's, Western Family, Winnie Hirsch, 4 B's Brewery, Angela Fedler, Bert Sibley, Greg Stratman, Jan Pappas, Janice Jones, Jo and Bill Dickes, Linda Bledsoe and Taylor Funeral Service.

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Sweet fun at the Habitat for Humanity gingerbread decorating event was had by, from left, Elizabeth, 16, Zoe, 14, and Cadence, 11, daughters of Vince and Emily Wood of Cedaredge.
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