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Gingerbread House Contest Rules

2017 Contest Divisions

Adult Division: Individual adult, ages 17 years & up
Child Division:
Individual child, ages 8-16 years 
Family Division: Group of 3-7, 1 adult & 1 child minimum

Rules (applies to ALL divisions):
  1. Any structure - real or imaginary - is eligible for entry.
  2. Entry must be original - no gingerbread kits allowed.
  3. Entry must have all MAJOR components, such as walls and roofs, must be constructed of gingerbread (no graham crackers, cookies, etc.).
  4. All components must be edible. For example, all foil or plastic wrapped candies must be unwrapped; lollipops cannot have paper or plastic stems. NO perishable food items can be used in the making of an entry.
  5. You may add electric lighting to your entry.
  6. Entry must have been constructed in 2017.
  7. All entries will be judged on Originality, Overall Appearance, Choice and Use of Materials and Difficulty of Design.
  8. Entries must be freestanding and attached to a plywood base measuring no bigger than 24" L x 18" W. Entries cannot exceed 26" in height. The plywood base must be completely concealed with an edible product, however, the sides of the base do not have to be concealed.
  9. Structure must be the dominate feature of the entry. Structure must be no smaller than 7" in height by 8" wide.    
  10. For prize money to be awarded in a division, that division must have a minimum of five entries. 
  11. All entries must be delivered to the Museum in completed form on Sunday, November 19, 2016 between the hours of noon and 4 pm.  
  12. The entries will be displayed from Friday, November 24 to Sunday, December 10, 2017.
  13. The Museum reserves the right not to display an entry, if the entry is not considered of show quality.
  14. In order to be eligible for ribbons and prize money, an entry may not be picked up before 5 pm on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Participants must register for the competition by Friday, November 10, 2017.

Entry forms may be obtained by calling Darnall’s Chance House Museum 301-952-8010, by visiting the Museum, downloading an 
entry form, or emailing the museum at

A registration fee of $5 is due for each entry. Cash, credit cards, or checks are accepted. Checks must be made payable to M-NCPPC.