Town's Annual Gingerbread Contest Deadline Extended

An entry in the 2015 Town of Huntington Gingerbread House Competition.   Long Islander News Photo/archives

An entry in the 2015 Town of Huntington Gingerbread House Competition. Long Islander News Photo/archives

The deadline to enter the town’s annual Gingerbread House Competition has been extended to Nov. 10.

This year brings the third annual edition of the contest, which is part of the town’s Huntington Village Holiday Parade and Festival, slated for Nov. 26.

Contest winners are decided by members of the public, which will cast ballots after viewing the displays of the finalists in two New York Avenue storefronts the day of the parade and festival. There were nearly 400 votes cast last year.

Winners will be announced at the annual tree lighting that follows the parade and will receive Amazon gift cards as prizes -- $200 for first, $100 for second and $50 for third.

The extended deadline applies to both contest categories, bakers age 14 and under, and those 15 and up. While applications must be filed by Nov. 10, the actual entries are not due until closer to Nov. 26, according to town officials, who added that participants will be notified when and where to bring their entries.

While the deadline is the same for entrants in both categories, the maximum dimensions do differ. For the younger group, the gingerbread creations must not be more than 20 inches in height or base; the maximum is 26 inches for the older group.

A full list of rules and application forms are available at Huntingtonny.gov/filestorage/13755/16152/2017_Gingerbread_House_Contest_Revised.pdf.

After the parade and festival, all the finalist's entries will be moved to town hall, where they will be put on display through January 2018.