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Third Annual Gingerbread Invitational | Visit & Vote

Exhibit On View/Voting Open: November 24 – December 31, 2017

The Rockwell Museum is pleased to present the 3rd Annual Gingerbread Invitational − a fun, artful gingerbread competition and exhibition with a focus on historic landmarks and architecture in the beloved region surrounding historic Corning, NY.

Each year, The Rockwell invites local business and community members to enter their innovative design for the chance to be featured in this special holiday exhibition. The public is invited to view the exhibition at The Rockwell, voting for their favorite to win the Community Choice Award. The winner of this award will be announced in early January!


First Prize: The Future We Want
(Susan B. Anthony House)

By Card Carrying Books & Gifts, with Pastry Chef Ryan Anderson

Second Prize: Eldridge Park Carousel, Elmira, NY

By LaDonna Costello

Third Prize: Elmira Heights Theater

By Kristen Merritt, Christopher Knitter, Amanda Gantert

Corning’s Glassmaking Tradition

By Barbara Mack, Corning Pie Works

Happy Holi-maze (Centerway Walking Bridge)

By Elizabeth Smith

Belhurst Castle, Geneva, NY

By Wegmans Bakery, Corning (Karen Smith, Ashley Harding, Kaitlin Wengener, Shaylee Oney, Chris Telford, and Katie Firman)

Chemung Canal Trust Company, Elmira, NY

By Dwayne, Jean, Olivia, Heath and Tobias Harshberger

A Tree Grew in Big Flats

By Rita Rhodes

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How it works

  • Artists and teams submit their application, including a design sketch. Designs must follow all of the size and materials specifications, but otherwise, whimsy and creativity are encouraged!
  • Each artist or team has approximately 1 month to create their design and drop it off at The Rockwell Museum
  • A panel of judges will announce three Judges’ Choice award winners, who will be honored at the Gingerbread Invitational Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony, to be held November 30, 2017
  • Throughout the exhibition, visitors to The Rockwell vote for their favorite gingerbread creations – the winner of the Community Choice Award will be announced in early January, after the exhibition ends



For 2017, a generous donor has offered $1000 in cash prizes! Plus, all participants will receive thank-you swag bags from The Rockwell, including Rockwell Museum Store gift cards, gifties, and fabulous ceramic trophies and medallions created by local artist Colleen McCall.

Judges’ Choice: First Prize – $500
Judges’ Choice: Second Prize – $300
Judges’ Choice: Third Prize – $200
Community Choice Award Winner – $250 


Participants and media should contact Willa Vogel at The Rockwell Museum:
Desk: 607-974-4830 | Mobile: 607-438-0321 |

Click here for information on how to enter the exhibit

Past Exhibitions

Gingerbread Invitational 2016    See all photos

First Place: Ann Cady, Colleen McCall, and Martha Easton | Mark Twain Study, Elmira, NY
Second Place: Wegmans Bakery | “Heart of Corning” – Centerway Square
Third Place: Barbara Mack of Corning Pie Works | Corning Fire Department
Community Choice Award: Ann Cady, Colleen McCall, and Martha Easton | Mark Twain Study, Elmira, NY

Gingerbread Invitational 2015   See all photos

First Place: Amber Colby of ‘Cuse Cakes | Historic Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse 
Second Place: LaDonna Costello | Watkins Glen State Park South Pavilion
Third Place: Emily Elizabeth Smith, Tiffany Williams, Jessi Moore, Mandy Kritzeck and Alexandra Ruggiero | First Presbyterian Church in Bath, NY. 
Community Choice Award: LaDonna Costello | Watkins Glen State Park South Pavilion


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