2023 Tour of Gingerbread Homes & Miniature Villages

The 10 Towns Fellowship House Tour of Gingerbread Homes and Miniature Villages will begin Friday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m. and continue until Saturday evening at 9:00 p.m. as part of the Medina Candlelight Walk Weekend. We invite YOUR family to enter a Gingerbread House either in the Adult/Organization contest OR your child (family members can help) in the Children’s contest as part of a Charity Award Contest with all proceeds benefitting the Battered Women’s Shelter and YAHAB, a 501c3 devoted to give away necessities to people in need! Trophies are involved for the winners!!!!

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Here's how the contest works

Please submit your entry in digital form, email or paper by midnight on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023. See 10towns.church for online registration forms. 

Entrants will receive all correspondence, notifications and updates regarding Tour of Gingerbread Homes via email.

Please deliver your completed entry to the 10 Towns Fellowship House, 215 W. Liberty Street in Medina, Ohio, Monday, November 13th through Thursday, November 16th, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or Friday, November, 17th between 9:00 a.m. and noon. *Pickup arrangements will be offered as needed, call Lisa Gray at 330-737-7421.

Gingerbread House entries will remain on display during the Candlelight Walk from Friday, November 17th, through Saturday, November 18th.

During the Tour times, people can vote by donation for their favorite entry or entries. A voting through donation table will be at the end of the tour with collection tubes for each entry and a link for secure online giving. People can vote for their favorites through donations until Saturday at 6:00 p.m. All entries will be tabulated at this time, determining the winner of the People's Choice Award Trophy in each category. 

The remaining trophy awards for Best Creative Concept (based on playful, unique, and creative thinking), Architects Award (observing complexity, construction detail, and precision), and  Best in Show will be determined by a panel of community judges.  


Winners will be announced at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night in person and on Facebook Live (@10townsMedina).


All donation proceeds collected will be donated to the charities mentioned above! Everybody wins!

All entries will be available for pickup Monday, November 20th, through Wednesday, November 22nd, at the Fellowship House. Entries not picked up within the designated window will be discarded beginning at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 22nd, unless prior arrangements are made (Please call Lisa Gray at 330.737.7421)

This will be an AMAZING way for your group to participate in a time-honored Medina Event, have some “healthy” competition, AND benefit local charities! We are so excited to be part of a time-honored Medina tradition!

To be eligible for the competition, a complete Competitor Entry Form must be received in digital form, email, or direct mail submission no later than midnight on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023. 

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Tips & Tricks

SIZE LIMITATIONS (Children’s Contest Kits are provided FREE by Ten Town’s Church upon request):

There is no minimum or limit to height as long as the base for your entry is no larger than 28” square.

It is HIGHLY recommended that each ENTRY be placed on a board base, regardless of size. This item must be transported, so keep that in mind. Please make base NO larger than 28” square for display space concerns.


You must use Gingerbread in some form in your entry. Solid walls, bricking squares in any size, walkway, etc. there are no limitations in the form of the gingerbread itself. 

There are NO limitations to the inner structure/walls and roof of your entry. If you want to use styrofoam, cardboard, etc. as an inner form and ICE this with frosting and add the edible components, please feel free. Questions? Please call Lisa Gray at 10 Towns Church, 330.737.7421 for any questions, or advice!

There is no limitation to the types of EDIBLE components that can be used. We encourage your originality in design and VARIETY! Edible materials are not limited to candies and icings. Use of gum paste, fondant, pastillage, chocolate, modeling chocolate, royal icing, isomalt, cast sugar, gelatin and pressed sugar is encouraged. Use of "Disco Dust", "Rainbow Dust" or “Hologram Powder” is permitted.

** PLEASE be aware of the danger of working with hot sugar and techniques using poured hot sugar or isomalt. This includes melted sugar candies. 

Entries must be solely constructed by the individual(s) entering the competition and their team/family, captain or authorized adults.

MOST OF ALL—HAVE FUN! This is a great group/team project, benefitting community charities and will be a WONDERFUL addition to a historical Medina event! We are so glad YOU are going to be a part!

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