The Eldridge Hotel has houses good enough to eat.
More than 180 confectionery architects entered houses in the hotel's seventh annual Gingerbread Festival this year. Tonight, the public will have a chance to buy the edible homes at an auction to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County.
Individuals and groups ranging from Pinckney School students to Munchers Bakery crafted the gingerbread and graham-cracker creations, using marshmallows, pretzels and breakfast cereals to decorate them.
About 60 people stopped by the Eldridge to view the holiday houses before tonight's auction at 7 p.m. Viewing, which costs $1, continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Moore said he is impressed with the work and motivation.
"One child wrote us a note saying, 'I just want to help children who don't have someone in their life,'" he said. "Every one is put together with love."
Entries were divided into two divisions: graham cracker and gingerbread. The graham-cracker division also had three age groups for children and teens to compete in. The winner from each group will receive a $50 savings bond.
All proceeds benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters.