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Gingerbread House Competition & Display

For the second straight year, we are elated to host the Gingerbread House Display & Competition. We invite the public to participate by creating your own unique, decadent, festive Gingerbread House. Throughout the holiday season, guests can stroll through the Allen House and see all of the Gingerbread Houses on display.  Proceeds from this exhibit will be used to support the ongoing restoration efforts on the Mustard Seed Hill campus. 

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All houses will be on display in the historic Allen House throughout the Holiday season, from
Saturday, December 5th through Wednesday, December 30th.

To Participate, Register Online Here by November 15th


Participants will be organized in the following categories: 


  • Adult (18+)

  • Teen (13-17)

  • Youth (6-12)


Group Categories

  • Pastry Chef

  • Civic & Religious Groups

  • Family

  • Business


Participants are welcome to submit entries as individuals, or through one of our group categories.


Adult (18+)          1st Place - $500 / 2nd Place - $250 / 3rd Place - $100

Teen (13-17)         1st Place - $250 / 2nd Place - $100 / 3rd Place $50
Youth (6-12)         1st Place - $250 / 2nd Place - $100 / 3rd Place $50


Pastry Chef            1st Place - $2,000 / 2nd Place - $1,000 / 3rd Place - $500

Civic/Religious      1st Place - $1,000 / 2nd Place - $500 / 3rd Place - $100
Family                   1st Place - $500 / 2nd Place - $250 / 3rd Place - $100

Business                1st Place - $500 / 2nd Place - $250 / 3rd Place - $100


Below are rules and guidelines for this year’s competition.


Participants are responsible for transporting their Gingerbread Houses to Mustard Seed Hill once complete.  (We will come out to your car with a cart and lend a hand once you arrive.)

Friday, Nov. 27th – Noon - 5PM
Saturday, Nov. 28th – Noon - 5PM
Sunday, Nov. 29th – 1PM - 3PM

Monday, November 30th - Noon - 4PM

Tuesday, December 1st - Noon - 4PM

Judges from the local community will evaluate entries based on the following criteria:

  • Overall Appearance

  • Originality & Creativity

  • Neatness

  • Structure stability built with only edible materials



Houses will be displayed with a front viewing. We will attempt to display with side vantage points as well. The rear of the house will not be visible.


Rules for Gingerbread House Construction

Include 3”x 5” card with the entry including:
Entry Name, Entrant’s Name, Entrant’s Phone Number or Email Address

Dimensions & Structure

  • Must be constructed with 100% edible ingredients - except for the base

  • Purchased components may not include inedible pieces such as sticks and wrappers.

  • The entry should be composed with a significant majority of gingerbread!

  • Structure should be built on a sturdy base!

  • Base should not exceed 24”wide x 24“deep and 24” tall or weigh greater than 50lbs

  • Construct the house on a sturdy base - ½” or ¾” plywood or foam core recommended

  • The base may be covered in non-edible items such as paint, paper, ribbon or fabric, but should not be included in the gingerbread structure.

  • Feet or risers under the base are encouraged, for ease of moving.

  • Use only non-perishable adhesives! - We cannot accept structures made with egg or butter icings as they quickly turn rancid and soften causing the structure to disintegrate.

  • The houses are on display for an extended period of time. The weight and duration of viewing can cause the display to collapse if not properly supported.

  • No battery or electric components should be included in the structure.

  • If the structure allows visibility inside which may be difficult to see, please contact us and proper internal lighting will be arranged.



  • If baking gingerbread from scratch, bake several days before assembling to prevent shrinkage.

  • Use A LOT of Royal Icing to assemble and decorate. Allow each portion to dry and harden before moving.

  • Youth and Teen categories, parent or guardian assistance or supervision is allowed and encouraged, specifically when operating stovetops, ovens, and other heating elements.


Royal Icing Recipe

Yields 2.5 Cups


1 lb. powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

3 tbsp meringue powder



  1. Mix together the above ingredients.

  2. Add 3.5 oz water – just under 1/2 cup

  3. Beat until icing forms stiff peaks – will hold a sharp line when knife drawn through

  4. Keep covered with a damp cloth to keep icing from drying out.

  5. Store unused icing in a tightly sealed container.

Entry Form

For the Display Signage

Category - Choose One!

Individual Categories
Group Categories

Thanks for submitting!