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Gingerbread House contest announced



BAR HARBOR — The first annual Bar Harbor Gingerbread House Competition will be hosted by The Bar Harbor Historical Society at its museum on Ledgelawn Avenue. The public is invited to view the display on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“For many years, locals loved when John Wert and his team at Epi built a beautiful gingerbread village of local buildings,” said Debbie Dyer, curator of the Bar Harbor Historical Society. “We are thrilled to be able to host the inaugural Bar Harbor Competition at the museum.”

“We want people to have fun,” said board member Kay Theede. “You can submit your own creation, get together with family to decorate a house or even get a group of friends together for a fun art project. Professionals and amateurs alike are all invited to participate.”

Rules and entry forms will be available on the historical society’s Facebook page. They include that the gingerbread part of the house must be homemade and all decorations must be edible. Competitors must deliver their completed houses to the historical society by Friday, Dec. 9.

A grand prize of $300, a $100 prize for best children’s entry and a $100 prize for the community favorite are being paid for by sponsor Swan Hospitality Group.

“We are excited for this first annual contest,” said board member Kimberly Swan. “This is a holiday event we have wanted to hold for some time with the goal of making it a really big attraction to Bar Harbor during the holiday season. This event will be a wonderful chance for people to see the results of true gingerbread artistry and people just having holiday fun while we raise money for community nonprofits. We think the $500 prize money will be a great enticement for people to take part in the first of what we hope will become a highly anticipated annual celebration.”

For more on the competition, contact Swan at [email protected]

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