NEW BERN, Craven County - The New Bern Historical Society is conducting its first Gingerbread House Contest as part of Beary Merry Christmas in downtown New Bern.
There are 31 houses on display in 14 downtown businesses from now until Jan. 2. Bakers entered in three categories: Youth, Adult and Professional. The only rule about building materials was that they had to be edible. Judging was on Tuesday and awards will be presented at the Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday at 5pm. There are cash prizes and special awards created by New Bern Potters.