The Port of Bellingham announced donations of $2,400 for the Mount Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross and 1,857 pounds of food donated to the Bellingham Food Bank after it annual Holiday Port Festival.
The festival was held from Dec. 7-9 at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. It was the 22nd annual edition of the holiday event put on by the port.
In addition to the donations, the port also named winners of the festival’s popular Gingerbread House Contest. This year, a record 115 entries from bakers of all ages and abilities were made in the competition.
The “People’s Choice Award” this year went to the Enstad Family for “Home Sweet Home,’” a detailed multi-story home made of edible materials. Several of the ‘windows’ in the structure were open to reveal scenes inside, Santa’s reindeer were on the roof, and Santa Claus was stuck with his head down the chimney.
This award is chosen by event visitors who voted for their favorite gingerbread creation during the festival, and the winner received a cruise trip for two donated by San Juan Cruises.
Each of the 10 categories were judged separately before the festival began, with ribbons for first, second and third place given out in each category based on originality and creativity, difficulty and precision, and overall appearance.
The contest had a themed category for the first time—this year’s theme was “Uniquely Whatcom.”
Entries for the themed category included a Bellingham Farmers Market and a reproduction of the “Graffiti Rock” along Interstate 5 heading into Bellingham.
The festival is presented by the Port of Bellingham, and supported by BP Cherry Point, Maxum Petroleum, Applied Digital Imaging, Haggen Food and Pharmacy, Franz Bakery, Passion Audio and San Juan Cruises.
Gingerbread House Contest Winners
People’s Choice Award: ‘Home Sweet Home’ by the Enstad Family
– 1st Place: Behee Holiday Gee Bee (gingerbread airplane) by the Behee Family
– 2nd Place: Rabbit’s House (based on the Winnie the Pooh series) by the Sanford Family
– 3rd Place: Home Sweet Home by the Enstad Family
Youth 5 and Under:
– 1st Place: Bonfire Camping by Axel Haley
– 2nd Place: Kato Castle by Lucy Guerra
– 3rd Place: I Love You, My House by Skylar Stone
Youth Grades K-3:
– 1st Place: Welcome to Whoville by Evergreen Christian School
– 2nd Place: Grandma’s Nut House by Joshua Marr
– 3rd Place: Old Man Winter’s House by Josh and Joel Marr
Youth Grades 4-8:
– 1st Place: Fazzafazz’s It’s Blue Mansion by Dominis Salas
– 2nd Place: Christmas on the Farm by Cameron Cadle
– 3rd Place: Mele Kalikiaka by Ella and Ivy Dehnam-Conroy and Talia Sheinkoph
Youth Grades 9-12:
– 1st Place: Flying B Ranch by Caroline Hamilton
– 2nd Place: Imagine All the People Sharing All the World by CIEE International Students
– 3rd Place: 819 Donovan by Elijah and Jesse Selch, Alex Burke and Isaac DeVan
– 1st Place: Jump for Joy (Koi Fish) by Janet Boyhan
– 2nd Place: Come in Darlings by Renee Crotty
– 3rd Place: Ferndale Candy Acres by Kathleen Pate, Cathy Watson, and Wendy Lawrence
Senior Citizen/Senior Organization:
– 1st Place: Winter Perspective by Llew Hollingsworth
– 1st Place: Even Santa Needs a Pick Me Up by the Woods Coffee Bakery
– 1st Place: Rainbow Connection in Honor of Alexis Cardinal by St. Francis Intergenerational Program
– 2nd Place: The Plume by Homeport Learning Center
– 3rd Place: 221 B Baker Street (Sherlock Holmes Residence) by Mrs. Hudson’s Yarns and Teas
Theme: Uniquely Whatcom:
– 1st Place: Twinkie Train by the Mongue Family
– 2nd Place: Christmas at the Market by the Kanenaga Family
– 3rd Place: Le Chateau Village Books and Paper Dreams by Village Books Employees