New Bern’s Gingerbread House Contest & Display
A new Beary Merry Christmas event!
Sponsored by the
New Bern Historical Society
Novice or pro, individual or group, adult or youth — everyone is invited to enter New Bern’s Gingerbread House Contest!
All houses will be displayed in downtown merchants’ windows during the holiday season. Cash prizes and hand-crafted pottery prizes will be awarded!
Review the contest details and submit your completed entry form and fee by November 17, 2017 to the New Bern Historical Society, 511 Broad Street. New Bern NC, 28560.
How to enter:
Download and print contest entry form below –or– you can pick up a form at the Historical Society office at 511 Broad Street. Submit your entry form and fee to the Historical Society by November 17th. Entry forms and fees (cash or check) may be mailed/dropped off at the Historical Society –or– you can email your entry form and pay online on Historical Society website. See contest rules below for additional details.
Categories and Entry Fee
You may enter as an individual or as a group. Whether individual or group, all entries fall in one of three categories:
♦ Youth up to age 14 – fee $5.00
♦ Adults age 15 and up – fee $15.00
♦ Business/Professionals – fee $15.00 (includes bakers, caterers, restaurant employees)
♦ Houses must be on an 18” square sturdy base of plywood or similar or multi-layered cardboard base. Base edges can be decorated in non-edible materials.
♦ All materials used in actual house must be edible.
♦ Use of a fixative spray allowed.
♦ Use of a commercial kit allowed only in Youth category.
♦ Entries may be created by individuals or groups. In Youth category there may be adult supervision but the work must be completed by youth.
♦ Battery operated light kits are encouraged.
♦ Houses that do not comply with rules cannot be considered for prizes.
Delivery & Pickup of Gingerbread Houses
♦ All houses must be delivered to your assigned downtown display location on Sunday, November 19 or Monday, November 20. You will be notified as to specific time and location.
♦ You must pick up your house no later than 4pm January 2, 2018. Houses not picked up will be donated or discarded.
Judging and Prizes
♦ Criteria for prizes: Originality and Creativity, Overall Appearance and Appeal, Effective use of materials, Neatness and Use of Detail.
♦ First 50 entries will receive a special hand-crafted pottery gingerbread ornament made by wonderful local artists!
♦ Youth – First Prize $100, Runner-up $50.00. Both also receive a unique hand-crafted pottery gingerbread house.
♦ Adults – First Prize $200.00, Runner-up $100.00. Both also receive a unique hand-crafted pottery gingerbread house.
♦ Business/Professional – First Prize $200.00, Runner-up $100.00. Both also receive a unique hand-crafted pottery gingerbread house.
♦ Judging will be “blind” — entries will be identified only by number until after judging is complete.
♦ Winners will be announced at “Light up the Season” on November 24th. Presentation of awards at the Christmas Tree Lighting on November 25th.
Sign up for a gingerbread-making class!
You’d like to try your hand at a gingerbread house, but you’re not too sure about the process? Attend our gingerbread house class on Thursday, November 2 from 7-8 pm at Craven Community College. Our local Gingerbread expert Dawn Staats will teach you how build and decorate your very own gingerbread house with no-fail dough and icing recipes, and share the tips and tricks for success developed over many years of shows and contests. The fee is only $10 with all proceeds going to the New Bern Historical Society’s Gingerbread project. Click here for more information and to register.