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Gingerbread House

January 13, 2020

No State Fair project
Completed record sheets are due into the Extension Office on or before June 29, 2020, 4:00 PM.  No records, or late/incomplete record sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING. 

Gingerbread houses for this project must be made of real gingerbread (not graham crackers or cardboard).  All decorations must be edible, and Royal Icing will be used for glue. Gingerbread houses can be more than just Christmas decorations.  You may choose any holiday theme, fairy tale castles, barns, churches, stores, forts or other historical buildings. Decorations may be added to the yard and roof, and you may add people, trees, animals, etc., but everything must be edible.  

All age groups must have their gingerbread house mounted on a baseboard made of three layers of corrugated cardboard (this measures about 3/8 inch thick) which are securely taped together.  The cardboard base needs to be covered with foil which is securely taped on the bottom side.  People in the advanced division may have the option to use a base made of wood (still 3/8 inch thick) is they feel the gingerbread structure is too heavy to be safely transported on cardboard.  A wood base still needs to be covered with foil.  The gingerbread house and the extra items in the yard all need to be securely anchored to the base with Royal Icing. All materials in the house and the decorations must be edible.  No plastics allowed.  

Exhibit:
BEGINNERS—3, 4 & 5 grades A simple house structure made of six pieces—2 sides, 2 ends and 2 roof pieces.  No windows or doors to be cut out-they can be “drawn” on the walls with icing or framed with candies, or made of crackers or wafer cookies, etc.  Use your choice of candies to decorate walls and roof.  Your gingerbread house should be mounted on a base board (see manual for size specifications), three layers thick (these sizes can be found at any store that carries cake decorating supplies).  Your house should measure no more than 12 inches high (measuring from the top side of the baseboard to the highest peak of the house).  In the yard around your house you need to add at least 2 different items, and up to as many as 6 items.  Examples of  these items might be a sidewalk, fence, trees, bushes, people (like gingerbread men), or animals.   The 3rd grade age group has the option of using either homemade gingerbread cut into pieces, or using a kit with pre-baked pieces.  But 4th graders on up need to bake their own (with adult supervision).  

INTERMEDIATE-6, 7 & 8 grades This age group will start with the basic house (as in beginners), but you may add extras.  Some suggestions might be a chimney, shutters, a porch, dormers on the roof, steps up to the front door, etc.  Windows must be cut out of the house in this division.  You could choose to have a door standing open-this is optional.  Roof treatment needs to be more than just simply “snow” on the roof made of Royal Icing.  Designs can be made with icing and candies.  Or shingle can be made with mini crackers, some cereals, Necco candy wafers, just to name a few.  Your gingerbread house should be mounted on a base board (see manual for size specifications),  three layers thick (these sizes can be found at any store that carries cake decorating supplies).  Your house may be no taller that 12 inches high (measuring from the top side of the baseboard to the highest point of your house).  In the yard around your house you need to add at least 4 items, but no more than 8 items.  Some examples are sidewalk, fence, trees, bushes, people, animals, doghouse, mailbox, sled, a garden, etc.  

ADVANCED—9, 10, 11 & 12 grades The houses for the advanced category need to be more complicated than intermediate.  The house may have more than one section.  The windows need to be cut out and filled with candy “window panes” made of melted hard candies (see manual).  The walls of your structure may be textured to look like brick, stone, siding, or even log cabin, etc.  You also have the option of using a colored Royal Icing glaze on your walls.  Your gingerbread structure should be mounted on a base board (see manual for size specifications), three layers thick (these sizes can be found at any store that carries cake decorating supplies).  You have the option of lighting your house from the interior (see description in manual).  If so, you may have your house lit during judging, but it will not be lit during Fair week.  You also have the option of doing a cut-away section of your house to view the interior and furnishings (all edible, of course).  This would appear much the same as a doll house.  In the yard around your house you need to have a minimum of at least 6 items, with no limit on a maximum number.  

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