Gingerbread houses on display at the Bar Harbor Historical Society's museum on Ledgelawn Avenue for last year's contest. This year's contest is set for Saturday, Dec. 8. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Best gingerbread houses to win cash prizes

BAR HARBOR — The Bar Harbor Historical Society will be host its third annual Gingerbread House Contest on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 33 Ledgelawn Avenue. The public is invited to tour the Gingerbread House village and help choose the community favorite at the Ledgelawn Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.

“We started the contest three years ago not knowing how popular it would become,” said organizer and board member Kim Swan. “We love having the Historical Society be a part of bringing the festive holiday spirit to our community.”

Some entries in prior years have been edible models of local landmarks such as the Criterion Theatre, the Stone Barn on Norway Drive or the Bass Harbor Head Light.

This year’s sponsor is Estelle Megquier, a Historical Society board member and the former owner of Edenbrook Motel. Prize money of $500 is provided by the sponsor with $300 going to the judge’s grand prize winner, $100 to the children’s winner and $100 to the community favorite.

Entries must be constructed of edible materials and should be dropped off at the Historical Society Friday, Dec. 7 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The gingerbread creations must not exceed 18 inches in length, width, or height, including their base.

Rules for entries can be found on the Bar Harbor Historical Society’s Facebook page. Contact BHHS Curator, Debbie Dyer at 288-0000 with questions or send a message on the Facebook page.

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