To All Gingerbread Contest Participants:
As you all know, 2020 has seen unprecedented circumstances. As a result, many events have been cancelled or postponed. The Belleville Gingerbread Contest is no different. The Gingerbread Committee has debated at length about this year’s contest. The one thing we DO NOT want to do is cancel it!! However, for the safety of all participants and the good will of Contest Sponsors, the contest must be modified for this year. It is our (the committee) hope that having Gingerbread creations in the windows of Downtown Belleville will bring joy, holiday spirit, and just a little bit of “normal” to this crazy year.
We would like to thank all of the Sponsors of the Gingerbread Contest. It is though their generous support that we are able to host this event and offer such great monetary prizes. We recognize that many of the Contest Sponsors are themselves are dealing with decreased revenues and temporary business models. It is with this in mind, that the Gingerbread Committee is returning all monies collected thus far to the sponsors and asking them to reserve it for the 2021 Contest. The Gingerbread Committee itself will offer the prizes outlined below.
The 2020 Gingerbread Contest will have two categories: Adult (16yrs and older) and Children (15 years and younger). EVERY Adult entry will receive 25 Downtown Dollars to be used at participating businesses, participation award. EVERY Child will entry will receive 25 Downtown Dollars, to be used at participating Belleville businesses, participation award. Once the Creations are placed in windows, there will be an option for viewers to vote for their favorite in each category. Prizes, awarded by popular vote, are as follows: Adult, 1st prize $300; 2nd price $200; 3rd prize $100 (cash prizes). Child, 1st prize $100; 2nd prize $75; 3rd prize $50 (cash prizes).
Gingerbread Creations are to be turned in to Toot’s Cake Decorating & Candy, 314 E. Main St., Belleville, IL 62220, November 14th between 8am – 2pm. The Creations will be placed in windows by November 18th and voting will go through December 12th.
We hope to see your imaginations come to life in the form of GINGERBREAD. There are no stringent rules this year, no judging panel…….This IS the year to let your imagination and your creativity run wild! We do, however, hope that all participants maintain the integrity of the contest.
Have questions? Call Ann at Toots 618-277-7373.
To enter this year’s Contest:
Please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Name of Entrant and contact information
- Category: Adult or Child; Name of creation (if known)
The Gingerbread Committee