Gingerbread in Wonderland

2020 Exhibit & Competition - Call for Entries!

The Springfield Museums are pleased to announce the Gingerbread in Wonderland exhibit and competition. We invite interested bakeries, schools, organizations, individuals and families to submit design plans for imaginative gingerbread houses and displays by Monday, November 9, 2020. Any structure is eligible, whether the design is based on the classic Lewis Carroll story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or a traditional holiday scene. Gingerbread creations will be on display from November 27, 2020-January 3, 2021 in a large holiday exhibit with creative murals, festively decorated trees, and other enchanting elements.

For questions or additional information, call Larissa Murray at 413-314-6486 or email lmurray@springfieldmuseums.org.

Important Dates

November 9 Final Entry Deadline
November 10 All acceptance notifications sent via email (or within one week of submitting an entry form)
November 23  Gingerbread Delivery Day
November 27  Gingerbread in Wonderland exhibit opens to the public
January 3 Gingerbread in Wonderland exhibit ends
January 4 Gingerbread Pick-Up Day

Competition Guidelines

ENTERING and QUALIFYING TO ENTER

Only one (1) gingerbread display per entry form will be accepted. To be eligible for the competition, a signed and completed entry form must be received via the website, or by email, fax or mail prior to 5 p.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020. Gingerbread houses that are not pre-registered will not be accepted.

The Gingerbread in Wonderland competition entry form must be signed by the individual entering the competition. If the individual is younger than the age of eighteen (18) by the date of the gingerbread house delivery day, a signature from a parent, legal guardian, or teacher is required.

Entrants will be notified about selection decisions within one week of submitting an entry form (or no later than Tuesday, November 10). Accepted bakers will receive an email with an entry number, important information about label text that will be displayed next to the gingerbread house, and other updates and instructions.

CANCELLATION POLICY

In the event that you are no longer able to deliver a gingerbread display and must withdraw from the competition, please notify Larissa Murray at 413-314-6486 or lmurray@springfieldmuseums.org.

CONTEST DIVISIONS

  • Professional Division: Bakeries, Caterers, or Professional Bakers
  • Adult Division: Individual or group adult, age 19 & up
  • Youth Division: Individual or group youth, age 13-18
  • Family Division: Families participating with children, ages 12 and under

PUBLIC VOTING

Due to COVID-19 and the necessary safety precautions, all voting will take place online, using our mobile guide YOP! Visitors will vote for their favorite gingerbread entry in each division throughout the entire run of the exhibition, Friday, November 27, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021. Updates and the final winners in each division will be posted on the Springfield Museums’ blog: https://springfieldmuseums.org/blog/.

AWARDS

Awards will be mailed to participants in January 2021. Winners in each division will receive:

  • First Place: A household membership to the Springfield Museums ($125 value) and a Yankee Candle gift basket.
  • Second Place: A household membership to the Springfield Museums ($125 value) and a Yankee Candle gift basket.
  • Third Place: A household membership to the Springfield Museums ($125 value).

CONTEST RULES (FOR ALL DIVISIONS)

  1. The entry must be original – no gingerbread kits allowed – and must have been constructed in 2020.
  2. Entries are encouraged to fit into the following thematic areas: 1) a design based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or 2) a traditional holiday design. The entry does not necessarily have to be in the shape of a traditional “house.” Larger scenes or other types of structures/objects are also allowed, but should not exceed 24 x 24 inches without permission.
  3. The entry’s major components (such as sides, roofs, etc.) must be constructed of gingerbread, not graham crackers, cookies, gingerbread cake, etc. The rest of the display can be decorated with any edible material.
  4. All visible components of the display must be edible. For example, plastic wrapped candies must be unwrapped; any paper or plastic stems of lollipops should be removed or concealed; tin foil bases should be entirely covered with edible materials, etc. Any internal structural support for large gingerbread houses does not have to be edible as long as it is not visible from any angle.
  5. You may add electric lighting and/or motorized movement to your entry. Any light bulbs or wires should be integrated into the display and/or concealed as best as possible.
  6. The entry must be delivered in completed form attached to a sturdy base (plywood recommended) enabling it to be freestanding. Bases must be completely concealed with an edible product except for the side edges, which can be trimmed with ribbon or other material.
  7. Participants must register for the competition by November 9. Entry forms may be obtained online at SpringfieldMuseums.org, or by emailing lmurray@springfieldmuseums.org. All completed gingerbread structures must be delivered to the Museum on Monday, November 23, and will remain on display from November 27-January 3. They may not be picked up earlier than January 4.
  8. The Museums reserve the right to not display an entry considered to be inappropriate or not show quality.

ENTRY DROP OFF and PICK UP

Completed gingerbread structures must be delivered to the Springfield Science Museum between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm on Monday, November 23. No exceptions. Bakers will be asked to review and edit their exhibit label text when dropping off their gingerbread display.

The location of gingerbread displays in the exhibition hall will be determined by Museum staff. The Springfield Museums cannot be held responsible for any damages incurred to the displays while on the Museums’ property, but staff will take extra precautions to help ensure the safety of each entry.

Entries can be picked up on Monday, January 4 at the Springfield Science Museum between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. Entries not picked up by 5 pm on January 4 will be discarded.