The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC) has kicked off the holiday season by opening submissions for its 10th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest on November 23. Children and adults are invited to enter a creation inspired by a Pueblo village, house, community, church or historic building.
The houses do not have to be constructed of home-baked gingerbread, however, they must be ENTIRELY EDIBLE. Graham crackers, cookies, or other pre-made foods may be used for the buildings instead of traditional gingerbread. Cardboard and plastic are not allowed. Due to size limitations, the entry base must not exceed 24 by 24 inches. There is no submission fee and competitors of all heritages are welcome. Complete rules and entry forms are available online, at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Guest Relations desk, and can also be completed at the time of delivery.
Entries are being accepted through Monday, December 3, 2018, 9 am to 4 pm at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St., NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico. All entries must be received by 4 pm on Monday, December 3 to qualify. Professional bakers are not eligible.
Here are some of the winners from last year's competition:
Rachel Riley & Anthony Phyllis: Sky City was the 9th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest Adult First Place Winner, taking home $650. Photo Courtesy: IPCC
Marc Martinez was the 9th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest Adult Second Place Winner, taking home $400. Photo Courtesy: IPCC
Eddie Nodman was the 9th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest Adult Third Place Winner, taking home $250. Photo Courtesy: IPCC
Madeline Anderson: Mesa Verde was the 9th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest Children’s First Place Winner, taking home $250. Photo Courtesy: IPCC
Rachel Mayfield was the 8th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest Children’s Second Place Winner, taking home $150. Photo Courtesy: IPCC
Sean & Matthew White TIED as the 8th Annual Pueblo Gingerbread House Contest Children’s Third Place Winner, taking home $100 each. Photo Courtesy: IPCC
The contest will be judged the week of December 3 with winners announced Tuesday, December 11. In the following weeks, visitors will be encouraged to cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award and those winners will be announced on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
Adult: 1st $650, 2nd $400, 3rd $250, People’s Choice $500
Children: 1st $250, 2nd $150, 3rd $100, People’s Choice $250
- Good creative activity for families, friends, individuals, students from kindergarten to Ph.D.
- Encourages Pueblo children and adults to explore the architecture of their ancestors
- Encourages people from all walks of life to celebrate Pueblo culture and history
- Showcases the creative talent of the people in our community in a fun way
- Judging being done by a list of local celebrities and dignitaries, artists, and community partners
The IPCC will display dozens of contest creations in a village of Pueblo-inspired homes, churches, and historic buildings after the submission period. The public will be able to view the entries in the IPCC’s East Lobby through Sunday, January 6, 2019, in honor of Christmas and Epiphany, holidays widely observed in Pueblo communities. Admission is free for IPCC members or with museum admission.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a world-class museum and cultural center located in Albuquerque’s historic Indian School District. Founded in 1976 by the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, the IPCC’s stated mission is to preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico with dignity and respect.
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