Third annual gingerbread contest on the way!

Submitted by the Funhouse.

Get ready for the Third Annual Gingerbread House contest sponsored by The Funhouse and Island Market! A holiday Gingerbread House Contest for ALL AGES with cash prizes!

There will be 4 categories: ADULTS (ages 18+); TEENS (ages 13-17); KIDS (ages 7-12); and LITTLES (ages 6 and under). For ages 17 and under, only the individual entrant is allowed to design and make their creation, however, help with baking and materials prep is permitted.

For the Adult “Open” category, however, it may be the work of either an individual OR a group (no pros please). It may also have — though not required — up to one single battery-powered element but, otherwise, it must be 100% edible. The structure finish must be primarily gingerbread and/or frosting and other decorative items. Fondant features are allowed but may not compose the majority of the structure’s finish.

There will be three awards given per age group: “Best in Show,” the “Creativity Award” and the “Architect’s Award,” for a total of 12 cash prizes ranging from $25 -$500. Also, Island Market will generously match the top 4 prizes with donations to local nonprofits, to be designated by the four Best in Show winners. Our judges range from culinary experts to professional designers.

There are no entry fees — but you must register at by 6pm, Wednesday, Nov. 30 to participate! One entry per person only, though households may submit multiple entries. Once registered, all entries will be dropped off at the Funhouse Commons on Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 12-3pm. Winners will be announced the next day and displayed at Island Market from Dec. 4-23. Go to for the rules, drop-off and pick-up procedures, prize descriptions, tips, and the registration form – one is required for each entry. Help us get into the holiday spirit and make a beautiful gingerbread house for your neighbors to feast their eyes on!

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