National Gingerbread House Competition

The deadline to enter The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa's 18th annual National Gingerbread House Competition in Asheville, NC is just two weeks away. To be eligible for the competition, entry forms must be received by Monday, November 8th. Judging of the popular holiday event is set for Monday, November 15th.

Contestants may deliver their gingerbread houses to The Grove Park Inn Grand Ballroom starting on Sunday, November 14th, from 2-8 pm, and again on Monday, November 15th, from 7-8:30 am. The judging begins on November 15th, with the awards presented that day at 5 pm.

Hundreds of entries are expected across four categories: Adult (18 years and older), Teen (13-17 years old), Youth (9-12 years old) and Child (5-8 years old). Entries are judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme. The National Gingerbread House Competition awards more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. The grand prize winner receives a $3,000 cash prize, plus a two night Club Floor stay at The Grove Park Inn & Spa Resort, complete with dinner for two and breakfast daily at the historic hotel. All contestants will receive a personalized certificate.

New to the 2010 National Gingerbread House Competition will be a prize for the contestant who enters from the furthest geographical location from The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville, NC.

All of the entries will be on display at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa from November 17th to January 2nd. The public is invited to view the displays any Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 10 pm. Groups and bus charters are asked to call ahead for reservations.