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2019 Upshur St. 

Gingerbread House Contest

Bakers, artists, and holiday enthusiasts can put their skills to the test in this year's Gingerbread House Contest. Open to all ages - details below!

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Entry Categories

The following categories are available for entry into the 2019 Upshur Street Gingerbread House Contest:

  • Family or Youth Team—Teams with children ages 17 and under. Teams may be comprised entirely of youths, or adults and youths.

  • Adult Individual—Adults ages 18 and up working alone.

How To Enter

  1. Read the contest information and entry rules below.

  2. Complete the entry form by December 9, 2019.

  3. Build your Gingerbread House creation by December 12, 2019.

  4. Drop off your Gingerbread House between 1 – 7 pm at Willow (843 Upshur Street) on Thursday, December 12.

Entry Rules & Judging Criteria

Entry Rules
  1. Entries must be placed on a board base.

  2. Everything above the board base of your entry must be composed entirely of edible materials. Edible materials are not limited to candies and icings - you are welcome to use other edible items including gum paste, fondant, chocolate, etc. 

  3. There are no size limitations. 

  4. Your entry must be labeled with the name/title of your entry and your name (or the name of your team captain). The recommended location for the label is the outer edge of the base.

  5. To be eligible for the competition, entrants must register on the website (below) by December 7, 2019 at midnight EST.


All entries will be judged on four criteria: 1) Overall Appearance, 2) Originality and Creativity, 3) Difficulty, 4) Precision 

Competitors are welcome and encouraged to uniquely design their entry for the 2019 competition. 


Family or Youth Team

Grand Prize - $100 gift card to The Hitching Post Restaurant and one ribbon

2nd - $80 gift card to Party Time (DC Kids Makerspace) and one ribbon

3rd - $25 gift card to Lulabelle's and one ribbon


Grand Prize - $100 gift card to The Hitching Post Restaurant and one ribbon

2nd - $80 gift card to Party Time (DC Kids Makerspace)​ and one ribbon

3rd Place - $25 gift card to Lulabelle's and one ribbon


Come explore the the Gingerbread House Village and cast your vote for your top two entries!

1st Place: Call Your Mother gift card and swag bag (valued at $50)

Runner-Up: Wawa Gift Basket 

Note: Each participant may only submit one entry. For family and youth teams, the distribution of ribbon and splitting of any prize will be left to the team captain to determine. We are not able to supply ribbons for each participant.

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Thank you to our prize sponsors!
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Entry Form

Entry forms must be received by midnight on December 7, 2019. Complete this form as an Individual Competitor or a Team Captain.

Questions? Shoot us an email at

Entry Type
If you are entering as a team, list the full name and age of each additional competitor:
I verify that any/all competitors under the age of 18 submitted as a contributor of this entry have parent/guardian permission to participate:
Entry TitlE*

Title will be visible to competition judges during critique. Please do not include any competitor names in the title.

Thanks for submitting!

Entry Form
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