Annual Gingerbread Competition

online entry form

Competition Rules

1. This entry form must be completed and submitted by Friday, November 6.

2. Final gingerbread house must be delivered to Cleveland Botanical Garden on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The Family, Children, and Not-for-Profit categories are non-competitive. Other divisions will be judged at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. Houses will be on display through January 3, 2016 and they can be picked up on or before January 7, 2016, by 5 p.m. The Garden reserves the right to dispose of any remaining entries after that time.

3. All entries must be delivered in their completed form, attached to a base enabling it to be freestanding.

4. Provide two (2) 3" x 5" cards listing your name, address, phone number, 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 24. Any architecutral structure - real or imaginary - is eligible for entry (i.e. farmhouse, train station, bridge, toy shop, mushroom cottage).

5. 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 25, 2015, at 5 p.m. Winners will be notified by phone.

6. 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. 

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

8. 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.

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

10. 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: $250 Garden Store Gift Certificate
  • Second Prize: $100 Garden Store Gift Certificate
  • Third Prize: $50 Garden Store Gift Certificate

Professional Division

  • First Prize: $250 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