HoHo Expo
Gingerbread Contest Entry Form
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Gingerbread House Contest
  • Top prize in each age bracket is $100
  • Pre-register at www.hohoexpo.com by November 21.
  • Limit of 3 entries per contestant
  • Completed entries must be registered on site and delivered to the Chattanooga Convention Center on Friday, November 22, 2pm-7pm or Saturday, November 23, 10am-12:30pm; judging will start at 1 p.m.; winner announced at 2 p.m.
  • Entries must be picked up on Sunday, November 24, 2013, between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Entries not picked up will be discarded on the morning of Monday, November 25, 2013.
  • Gingerbread houses will be judged on best overall criteria with emphasis put on design, creativity, difficulty, precision, and consistency of theme

(Theme should be competitor’s own and consistent throughout the entry. There is no required theme for the competition)

  • Adult Category - Individuals eighteen (18) years of age and older entering as a single entrant or a team.
  • Teen Category - Individuals between thirteen (13) and seventeen (17) years of age entering as a single entrant or a team
  • Youth Category - Individuals between nine (9) and twelve (12) years of age entering as a single entrant or a team.
  • Child Category - Individuals between five (5) and eight (8) years of age entering as a single entrant or a team
Materials and Construction:

Except for the base, entries must be constructed and composed completely of edible materials. The main structure should be constructed of at least 75% gingerbread, some of which should be exposed. Edible materials are not limited to candies and icings. Use of gum paste, fondant, pastillage, chocolate, modeling chocolate, royal icing, isomalt, cast sugar, gelatin, and pressed sugar is encouraged. Due to the danger of working with hot sugar, techniques using poured hot sugar or isomalt are reserved for the teen and adult categories only. Any entry with non – edible components will be automatically disqualified. No artificial display materials, such as Styrofoam or interior lighting, are to be used in the construction or decoration of the entry. Candies must be unwrapped and free of any non - edible materials such as lollipop sticks. Non-edible materials such as paint and/or ribbon are approved (and encouraged) to decorate the outer edge of your plywood base only (not to exceed the length and/or width of the base). All entries must be solely constructed by the individual entering the competition. Teen, Youth and Child competitors may be supervised, for safety precautions, by a parent, legal guardian, or classroom teacher. However, all entry design, construction, and decoration must be done solely by the individual(s) entering the competition. (Acceptable Supervision Example: When Teen, Youth, or Child competitors require assistance with operating the oven and/or stovetop.)

Size Limitations, Identification, and Description:

Not to exceed 24 inches high, 24 inches wide, and 24 inches long. Entry must be placed on a board base. We suggest using ½” or ¾” plywood as a base for your entry. Entries combined with a base must not be larger than 24 inches high, 24 inches wide, and 24 inches long. If you wish to install “legs” on the underside of your base, the legs are considered as part of the bases and should not cause the entry’s height to exceed twenty-four (24) inches. Write your name, address, and entry number on the underside of your base.