Sunday, November 21, 2010

Holiday Gingerbread Competition




About a week before Thanksgiving the Grove Park Inn begins to set up their holiday displays, getting ready for their 18th National Gingerbread House Competition. This is an annual holiday event for my husband and I. Contestants from all over the country bring their baked masterpieces for the judging on November 15 by 12 elite judges. After this four hour competition, the resort's visual design team moves the 325 entries to selected locations throughout the hotel for viewing.


The grand prize winner and other selected entries will be transported during the week of December 18 to NYC for the 12th appearance on ABC's Good Morning America. The competition entries will also be featured in Paula Deen Cooking Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Living and Family Circle.




Located way down the very end of the Vanderbilt Wing is the Grand Winner. With  a very untraditional display, Grand Prize Winner this year is Heather Lewis of Austell Georgie. Heather is the lucky winner of  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 receive a personalized certificate.


I thought most of the winning entries were very eclectic this year - the judges seem to choose the unusual over the traditional. The Adult (18 years and older) First Place winner is Angel Adkins, Kodak, Tennessee for her rocking horse.



I loved the Teen (13-17 years old) First Place by Skyla Delerme, Asheville, N.C. - it reminds me of the house and characters form the movie UP! Pretty impressive effort for that age group!




Interesting and well done is Youth (9-12 years old) First Place by Lydia Gentry, Hendersonville N.C.



Very elaborate work for Child (5-8 years old) First Place by Christian Ray, Charlotte N.C.




The gingerbread creativity featured themes running the gambit from castles to barnyards and country inns to windmills.  Entries were 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. All the entries are showcased all over the hotel on each level.  It takes some walking to get to them all. Interspersed throughout are lovely wreaths and trees decorated for the season in many themes - that will fill another post.



Thanks for coming along on my annual visit to the gingerbread houses!  Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!  See you later this week.


19 comments:

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Who knew Gingerbread dough was really dough$$$!!!

Catherine said...

So many beautiful ginderbread houses ~ lovely! It's hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner! :)

xo Catherine

Vee said...

Ahhh, this makes me want to make a gingerbread house. Course mine will be a much simpler version than any of these wonderful creations. An impressive group of judges, too!

Odie Langley said...

I never knew you could make figures with it like the winner did. Awesome. Thanks for the great tour.
Odie

eileeninmd said...

Wow, they are all wonderful. I like the traditional gingerbread houses. But the unusual ones like the rocking horse is cute.

GrandmaK said...

Beautiful works of art aren't they?! You pictures are well done too! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Cathy

Old Kitty said...

Oh wow!! All these beautiful baked gingerbread houses and figurines puts my baking to deep and utter shame! Wow!! These are extremely creative and wonderful cakes!!!! Yay to all the entrants and the winners. They are all truly lovely!! I envy those about to eat them!! :-) Take care
x

Kea said...

Oh, my goodness, they're all fabulous! And gee, I didn't know Christmas dough was worth so much $$$$ either! Wow!

Donnie said...

I would love to go to this but we are usually in Florida at this time. Thanks for giving me a sneak preview. The Food Network usually has a show on it that I try to catch. Take care.

Small City Scenes said...

Wowee!! Some many unusual types too. It is sometimes ok to step out of the box but traditional is always nice. MB

EG Wow said...

Wonderful! I hope you have a joyous Thanksgiving.

Sylvia K said...

Lovely post for the day! Thank you! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sylvia

Carver said...

What a fun tour. I find it amazing what can be done in creating gingerbread cakes.

Tricia said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family & GOD BLESS!

Appalachian Lady said...

I like the traditional ones the best--especially the "Up" one. Thanks for sharing.

~~Carol~~ said...

I've never seen anything other than the traditional houses, so I'm just amazed at the creativity involved here! As if the regular old gingerbread houses weren't difficult enough to make, that rocking horse defies gravity!
Happy REDnesday and Happy Thanksgiving, Cheri!
Carol

Mary said...

Oh, what fun! Thanks so much for sharing at MM. :)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
xoxo,
Mary

NCmountainwoman said...

I wish they would change the name from Gingerbread House competition. While absolutely lovely, few of them are really houses anymore. They need more categories and an all-inclusive name.

Heritage Farm Village said...

oh that looks like so much fun to attend! i just saw a kit at sam's club today...happy thanksgiving! jill

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