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Gingerbread House Contest

December 5 -December 20th

Gingerbread House Contest

Registration Deadline:

Sunday, November 30th, 6:00 pm

Drop off dates:

Monday, November 30th, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday, December 1st, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Judges will be selected from the local community. Judging will take place on Friday, December 11th. Winners will be notified and results will be posted on our website, social media, and at the museum.

Judging Guidelines:

-Entry Meets base and structure guidelines                           

-Originality and creativity                                                         

-Neatness and overall appearance

-Majority of decorations are edible

-Main house structure is made of edible materials only

**EXTRA POINTS for including local history in structure

Award Categories: A first place winner and runner-up will be awarded in each category.

-Child (Ages 12 & Under)                                                         

-Teen (13-17)             

-Adults (Ages 18+)                                                                


Base Rules:

-Base size should be no bigger than 15" x 15"

-Base should be made of a sturdy material (heavy cardboard, foam core or wood depending on weight). If using cardboard, cover with aluminum foil so that moisture from the icing does not soak in.

Structure Rules:

-Structure cannot exceed two feet in height

-Use edible materials to construct house.

-Do not use anything in your structure that required refrigeration.

-Bes sure to account for heat, moisture, weight, and other unpredictable variables when designing your display.

Pick-up Dates: Gingerbread houses will be tossed after event pick-up dates.

Sunday, December 20th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Monday, December 21st, 10:00 am - 5:00 PM

Tri-Cities Historical Museum
Akeley Building 

200 Washington Ave

Grand Haven, MI 49417


Community Archives & Research Center

14110 172nd Ave

Grand Haven, MI 49417

616-842-0700 ext. 200

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