Jody and Tom Lesch started Gingerfest as a way to tell their young nieces and nephews stories about Christmas times past and other such memories.
"We've created memories for hundreds of kids," a somber Jody Lesch said Monday.
The Norwalk resident was subdued and at one point fought back tears, because after this year, Gingerfest will be but a memory. After this year, they will no longer have the financial means to continue hosting the week-long event during the holiday season.
A story about the Lesches and Gingerfest was published on the front page of Tuesday's Norwalk Reflector.