Annual Gingerbread Competition

online entry form

Competition Rules

1. Participants must register for the competition by November 6, 2016. Entry forms may be obtained by e-mailing Cleveland Botanical Garden at glow@cbgarden.org or by downloading an entry form at cbgarden.org. Entry forms received after November 6 may not be accepted. 

2. All gingerbread houses must be preregistered. Unregistered houses will not be accepted during drop off on November 22.

3. All registered entries must be delivered to the Garden during the hours of 10 am and 6 pm on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. The entries will remain on display at the Garden through December 31, 2016.

4. The entry must be delivered in completed form, attached to a base enabling it to be freestanding

5. Provide two (2) 3” x 5” cards listing your name, address, phone, e-mail, title and category you have entered. Both cards must be handed to Glow staff upon registration of your gingerbread house on Tuesday, November 22. Any architectural structure – real or imaginary – is eligible for entry (i.e. farmhouse, train station, bridge, toy shop, mushroom cottage).

6. Lit gingerbread houses are welcome, and must be indicated as such on the registration form. Battery operated lighting only, please.

7. Judged entries must be original and all visible parts should be edible. Gingerbread kits are not eligible. Judging for competitive divisions will take place Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Winners will be notified by phone.

8. The overall base size for entries in all categories, with the exception of the Professional Category, cannot exceed 18” x 20”. The overall base size for entries in the Professional Category cannot exceed 24” x 36”. Houses / bases larger than the indicated size will not be accepted.

9. Entries must be picked up on January 3, 2017, by 5 pm. The Garden reserves the right to dispose of entries remaining after that time.

10. The Garden reserves the right to photograph entries for promotional purposes. Photography becomes the property of Cleveland Botanical Garden.

11. The Garden reserves the right to take necessary precautions against infestation of gingerbread houses including but not limited to clear-coating each entry after judging.

12. The Garden is not responsible for lost or damaged gingerbread houses.

13. All participants will receive a confirmation email once their registration form has been reviewed by Garden staff.

 

Competition Prizes

Family & Children Division (under 18)

  • Non-competitive entrants receive four tickets to the Garden to see their creation on display

Adult Division (Ages 18 & Up)

  • First Prize: $200 Garden Store Gift Certificate
  • Second Prize: $100 Garden Store Gift Certificate
  • Third Prize: $50 Garden Store Gift Certificate

Professional Division

  • First Prize: $200 Garden Store Gift Certificate
  • Second Prize: $100 Garden Store Gift Certificate
  • Third Prize: $50 Garden Store Gift Certificate

Arts & Culture (Not-for-Profit Institutions)

  • Non-competitive
     
Entry Form