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    -     Did you know that the Gresham Historical Society and Museum has an annual gingerbread competition?

Last year was the beginning of a new Gresham tradition. It was the first year the Historical Society held a community gingerbread competition.

Last year's "Christmas at the Museum," a three-week event hosted over 800 people. The Museum is completely decorated with multiple Christmas trees and displays along with the gingerbread houses in the competition. This year's theme is Christmas around the world, and we have two categories for the participants to participate in, professional bakers, and non-professionals. In the professional category there will be a maximum of 15 bakers allowed and, in the nonprofessional category, there will be a maximum of 20 participants. The nonprofessional category is a fun way for individuals, families, or other groups and businesses to celebrate the holidays and win some holiday cash.

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Here are a few of the guidelines:


• Entries must take the form of a building (e.g. house, barn, commercial structure) — creative interpretations are encouraged!

• No pre-made kits will be eligible

• The size of the base cannot exceed 20 x 20 , and the height may not exceed 36

• Entries must be constructed entirely of edible materials, excluding the base and interior structural supports. No electrical or battery-powered components are allowed


A panel of judges will award prizes based on overall appearance, difficulty, creativity, and originality. Museum visitors will vote on one People's Choice winner per division between November 26 and December 17. Final judging and the awarding of prizes will take place at the museum on Sunday, December 18, and 1:00 p.m.



1st Place: $1,500

2nd Place: $1,000

3rd Place: $750


1st Place: $1,000

2nd Place: $750

3rd Place: $500

Honorable Mention: $100

People's Choice (one per division): $200

Registration is open, but space will only be available until all the slots are filled. If you or someone that you know would like to participate you can sign up by going to the link below or visiting the Gresham Historical Society's website. The cost to enter is $25.

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