Gingerbread House Competition

Main Street Clinton presents the annual Gingerbread House Competition, hosted at Olde Towne Depot. Bakers of all ages are encouraged to submit their creations.

To be eligible for the competition, a completed entry form, along with payment, must be received by Main Street Clinton no later than Saturday, December 9. If a competitor is under eighteen years of age, the form must be signed by a parent or guardian. The entry fee is $5.00 per house.

Entries must be dropped off at the Olde Towne Depot by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9.

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For the adult and child categories: Major components (such as walls and roof) must be made of gingerbread. Gingerbread houses can be decorated with candy or other edible embellishments. Caulking, gluing, spraying, or preserving may be used but must be covered by edible material. All candies must be unwrapped. The base must be completely concealed with an edible material.

Houses may not contain any food item that needs refrigeration.
We cannot accept structures made with egg or butter icings as they can quickly turn rancid and compromise the durability of the house.

Contestants in the “Adult” or “Child” category may use pre-made gingerbread house kits.
Entries must be dropped off at the Olde Towne Depot by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9. For judging purposes, please write your name on the underside of the base. Upon arrival, please have your name and gingerbread house title on visible separate signage for display purposes following judging. Title/name cards will be removed during judging, so please make this a separate piece.

There will be a “People’s Choice Vote” this year. Voting will be from Saturday, December 9 – Friday, December 15.

All entries will be judged based on overall appearance, originality, creativity, and precision.

Entries will be on display Saturday, December 9 – Saturday, December 16. Please pick up your gingerbread on Saturday, December 16. Winners will be announced on Saturday, December 16. Gingerbread houses left at the Olde Towne Depot on Thursday, December 21 will be disposed of. Winner of each category will be contacted after the judging.