The Public is Invited to Rockwell Museum’s Gingerbread Invitational

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The Rockwell Museum is hosting its second annual Gingerbread Invitational.

One lucky winner will win first place and you have the chance to decide who it will be.

Christmas is more than a month away, but the creators behind these sophisticated gingerbread homes were hard at work weeks and weeks ago.

A panel of judges will pick three winners on December 1st, but the public will have a say in their own winners throughout the month of December. The Community Choice winner will be announced on January 5th.

The inspiration behind the competition is to make the museum a community center especially during this time of year.

“How can we make the Rockwell part of everyone in the region’s holiday tradition?” Digital Communications Specialist Willa Vogel said. “They’re coming back every year being surprised and also experiencing the museum as a whole.”

The museum will also be hosting a variety of holiday activities throughout the season which include gingerbread-themed games.

People of all skill levels, from high school students all the way down to pastry chefs, have competed in the competition.

Good tips for winning include creating a well-known location like the Rockwell Museum and showcasing great detail.

Seeing replicas of real-life monuments that relate to the local community really put into perspective how detailed each creation is.

From Mark Twain Study, to Little Joe Tower, and even the Corning Fire Department, the competitors know what they’re doing to catch the eye of the judges and the public. Wegman’s bakery section got in on the action as well.

If you want to vote for your favorite piece, you have to do it in person starting Wednesday. You’re unable to vote online.

“The purpose of the competition is to have people come in and visit,” Vogel said. “We really want them to visit the museum and vote for their favorite. We do have a Community Choice award. The long term goal is really just to have competition grow every year. We look forward to more and more people being involved.”

Thursday nights in December are sponsored by LeChase Construction. The museum will host family night from 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. for families to come in for free, visit, and vote for their favorite gingerbread creation.

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