Spirit of Christmas: Cookie and Gingerbread Contests

  • When: Saturday, December 14th, 10:00-4:30
  • Where: The Vernonia Grange, 425 North Street

Join Hands on Art at the Vernonia Grange for free kid’s crafts, a hot beverage, and our annual cookie and gingerbread house competitions. Is your grandmother’s cookie recipe the best ever? Do you have the ultimate gingerbread house design? Think about competing for loads of fun and a cash prize.

Cookie Baking Contest rules

There are two divisions and a top prize will be awarded in each division. The divisions are Junior (12 and under) and Regular (13 and over).

There is no cost to enter either division. First place prizes will be $20.

All entrants must deliver their cookies to the Vernonia Grange on December 14thth between 10 am and 2 pm.

Please provide a small plate of 6 cookies for judging and another 18 cookies for sharing with the public, the full recipe (for the judges only) and a label identifying the name of the cookies.

Judges will commence their work at 3:30 pm, and results will be announced by 4:00 pm. You do not need to be present to win.

Gingerbread House Contest rules

One prize will be awarded in the Gingerbread House Contest – A People’s Choice Award of $20. Multiple people can contribute to an entry. There is no cost to enter.

All entrants must deliver their entry on a baker’s half sheet (13”x18”) or smaller equivalent surface. Delivery may be made to the Vernonia Grange between 10 am and noon on December 14th.

Primary structural material must be gingerbread, and although inedible components are allowed if necessary, it must be self-evident that they are inedible (plastic truck okay, hot glue not okay).

Judging opens at 10:00 am and is by people’s choice. It is advised that you make delivery of the gingerbread house before judging starts.

You may include a notecard with your entry that gives more information about your entry, such as the source of your inspiration, how long it took to construct, who helped, and how long it will take to eat.

Votes will be tallied at 3:30 pm and announced at 4:00 pm. You do not need to be present to win.

These contests are sponsored by The Vernonia Hands on Art Center, a tiny 501c3 working to promote the arts and cultural heritage of Vernonia. Donations are gratefully accepted and you will receive a receipt that may be used for tax purposes.