A big part of this year’s inaugural three-day ChristKindlFest winter market in downtown Barrington will be a brand new community Gingerbread House Competition and applications to enter are due this Friday, November 8th. The contest is open to the entire community plus culinary students attending area colleges.
Entering the Contest
You can enter a gingerbread house in the contest in five different categories which are:
Grades 1 through 4
Grades 5 through 8
Grades 9 through 12
Family Project, including young people and adults working together
A separate “Culinary” category has been created specifically for culinary students at area community and junior colleges and there are cash prizes on the line for winners in the Culinary category including $750 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. The Youth, Adults and Family gingerbread house contest winners will be awarded first, second and third place ribbons in each category.
Judging the Winners
Winners from all gingerbread house categories will be chosen by ChristindlFest attendees. Packets of 10 raffle tickets will be sold at the Fest. Raffle ticket holders will vote by depositing those tickets in the drop box next to a display of each entrant’s gingerbread house at ChristKindlFest. The three gingerbread houses in each category that receive the most raffle ticket votes by 3 p.m. on December 8th will be declared the winners at the awards ceremony.
Winning a Gingerbread House
One raffle ticket will be drawn from the drop box of each of the Culinary Student gingerbread houses. The ChristKindlFest attendee whose raffle ticket is drawn will win that gingerbread house.
Viewing the Gingerbread Houses
All gingerbread houses in the contest will be on display at merchants throughout Barrington from November 15th through December 20th. You’ll find all of the Culinary Category gingerbread houses on display at the Ice House Mall.
Click this link for more info and the form to enter the contest by Friday, November 8th:
Gingerbread House Competition Entry Form
Jim Otis with the Barrington Breakfast Rotary is coordinating the contest and says he’s excited to see the entries. “Because it’s a good Barrington activity that involves the merchants and involves families getting together and working together and I think it’s a positive thing for people.”
So start watching for the ChristKindlFest gingerbread houses to start popping up all over town at merchants like Carol and Company, Allegro Dance Boutique, Gene Anne’s Yarns, the Barrington Flower Shop, Grassroots, Heads Up Apparel, Amazing Gracies, Christian Science Reading Room and Barrington Bank and Trust. We look forward to seeing your Christmassy culinary creations!