Gingerbread House & Ornament Competition

Enter a gingerbread house or an ornament (or both!) at this year’s Country Christmas Faire.  There are many divisions to choose from, including youth, adults, individuals with disabilities, groups, and a Fairgrounds building/scene.  It’s easy to enter and it’s fun to see your creations on display at the Country Christmas Faire.


How to Enter an Ornament or Gingerbread House

Complete the attached entry form and return it to the Nevada County Fairgrounds or enter online here by November 22, 2019 at 4pm.

Entry Form
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Gingerbread House and Ornament Divisions and Classes


General Rules

  • Entry forms must be submitted by Friday, November 22 at 4 pm.
  • Entries must be delivered on Monday, November 25 between 8 am-5 pm at Ponderosa Hall. Entries must be picked up Monday, December 2, between 8 am-5 pm at Ponderosa Hall.
  • Entries are limited to one per class per exhibitor.
  • All ornaments and gingerbread houses must have been made within the last 12 months.
  • Judging will be based on overall appearance, originality and craftsmanship. All ornaments and houses must be made by the exhibitor.

Gingerbread House Rules

  • House can be traditional or nontraditional.
  • House must be on a rigid display board.
  • Cardboard or hot glue are not allowed to be used in the construction of the gingerbread house.
  • House is to be made with gingerbread, graham crackers or gingerbread kits.
  • All decoration must be edible (no artificial display materials), with the exception of the base/foundation and lighting. Candies must be unwrapped.
  • The size of the house and the foundation shall not exceed 24″x24″x24″.

Ornament Rules

  • Must provide a hanger with the ornament for hanging on a tree.
  • Ornaments must not exceed 6″x6″x6″.

Gingerbread House Prizes

  • Best of Show Premium: $100 & Rosette
  • Ribbons 1st-3rd place
  • Best of Show: Gift Basket (sponsored by Tess’ Kitchen) & Rosette
  • People’s Choice: Gift Basket (sponsored by Tess’ Kitchen) & Rosette
  • Fairgrounds Building/Scene Best of Show: Special Gift Basket & Rosette

Ornament Prizes

  • Best of Show: Gift certificate from Ben Franklin & Rosette
  • People’s Choice: Gift certificate from Ben Franklin & Rosette
  • Ribbons 1st-3rd place