The Gingerbread House Decorating Contest is open to any resident of White County. Individuals or groups may enter. There is no fee to enter, and entry forms must be turned in no later than 3 p.m. Monday, November 22 at the Chamber of Commerce office, located at 225 E Main Street in Carmi or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gingerbread Houses will be on display to the public from 10 am-2 pm and again after the lighted Christmas parade and tree lighting until 8 pm on Saturday November 27, 2021, in the First Mid Bank room. Houses may be picked up from the Chamber office on Monday, November 29 from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
There are two categories and a total of six divisions for individual entries: Made from Scratch: age 13 and 17, and 18 and older; Made from Kit, age 8 and under, age 9-13, age 14-17 and age 18 and up. Winners in each category will receive Carmi Chamber Buck Gift Checks.
The Taste of Christmas Baking Contest will consist of two categories: Cakes & Pies and Cookie and Candies. There is no fee to enter this contest. Categories do not include rolls or muffins. Prizes will be awarded for both 1st and 2nd places in each category. All Entries should be delivered to The Print Shop/The 103 Community Room (side door next to the park) between 1 pm-2 pm on Saturday, November 27 with entry form. Judges score on the following: Appearance, tenderness, texture, flavor and Christmas theme. Entries will be judged between 2 pm-3:30 pm on Saturday, November 27.
Entry forms for both contests are available online at www.cityofcarmi.org or by emailing the Chamber office at email@example.com. Winners will be announced during the tree lighting ceremony. Awards will be in the form of Carmi Chamber Buck Gift Checks.
Gingerbread House Contest Rules
1.This contest is open to anyone residing in White County. You may enter as an individual or as a group (school class/church/family/Sunday School Class/business, etc.). NO FEE TO ENTER.
2. All elements of the gingerbread house and yard (other than the base upon which the house is constructed) must be made of EDIBLE materials. Plastic, wood, glass, wire and metal should not be used.
3. Gingerbread Houses must be no larger than 20 inches by 20 inches.
4. Houses may be lit. Electricity may be available to light houses, but there can be no candles.
5. The Gingerbread Houses will be on display to the public from 10am-2pm and again after the lighted Christmas parade and tree lighting until 8pm on Saturday November 27, 2021, in the First Mid Bank room. Setup will be morning of at 9am.
6. Winners will be announced during the tree lighting ceremony.
7. Houses may be picked up from the Chamber office on Monday, November 29 from 10 am to 2:30 pm.
1. The most important part in building a gingerbread house is having fun. Let kids be kids. If they like starlight mints on the roof, let them put starlight mints on the roof. That's why we have set a size limit.
2. Bigger doesn't always mean better. (20 in. x 20 in., no taller than 28 in.)
3. There are plenty of ways to put people in and around your gingerbread house without using plastic. Check hobby stores for ideas; they have some amazing "pre-fab" items made of sugar (which means everything is edible).
4. Amid the sweets/sugar, frosting, candy, chewing gum, baking products remember that salty or non-candy foods (crackers, popcorn, cereal) can be wonderful decorations.
5. Keep in mind that some online sites don't worry about "edible" rules, so be careful when selecting items.
6. Have fun and follow the rules.
Gingerbread House Contest Entry Form
Name Address Phone ____________________________
Kelly Northcott - (618) 382-7606 or firstname.lastname@example.org