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Gingerbread House building contest on now

  • Mon Dec 14th, 2020 5:19pm
  • Life

Join the San Juan Builders Association in celebrating the holiday season by viewing the entries to its first annual Gingerbread Competition.

Between 11 a.m.-1 p.m., from now until Dec. 20, you can bring your creation Sundries Court at 260 Spring Street to enter it into the contest. The houses will remain on display until winners are chosen on Dec. 28.

“We have added a lot of new members, we are in the process of creating a new website for both our members and the public to help them find qualified vendors, contractors and other experts within the housing industry,” SJBA Executive Officer Katie Schmidt said. “Due to COVID, we have not been able to host as many in-person events as we would like so this seemed like a safe and joyful way for the SJBA to spread holiday cheer! And the fact that the contest is centered around ‘building houses’ is a fun bonus!”

There are two categories, each with a first-place prize of $500 — the Youth Division for ages 15 and younger; and the Adult Division for ages 16 and up. For both divisions, there is a second-place prize of $250, a third-place prize of $100 and three additional $50 prizes will go to the winners of the “Most Creative,” “Community Favorite,” and “Best Holiday Spirit.”

The community can view the gingerbread houses at any time as they will be on display in the vacant storefront of Sundries Court. If you do not participate in a gingerbread house’s construction, you can still stop by and see all of the creations and choose your favorite.

Contest rules are as follows:

• Everything must be edible!

• Gingerbread or Graham Crackers must be the majority of your structure.

• You may use a pre-made kit or make your own from scratch.

• Only one entry per person.

• Entries must be accompanied by an entry form.

• Entries will be accepted until 1 p.m., Dec. 20.

• Houses will be judged by the SJBA board members.