Break out the baking sheets for gingerbread

Cash prizes and, new this year, a jewelry gift certificate are at stake for bakers in the annual Gingerbread Jubilee.

Baking enthusiasts — young, old, experienced and novice — have until Friday to submit their entries for the fundraising event, celebrating its 10th anniversary. The theme, “Sugar, Spice & Everything Iced … 10 Shining Years of Gingerbread” is pretty wide-open to interpretation, although it’s also intended as a reference to diamonds, the contemporary gift for 10-year anniversaries, according to organizers. So a $100 gift card from Facets Jewelry Studio in downtown Medford will be bestowed for the “best use of theme.”

As in previous years, more than $3,500 will be reward the best bakers in several categories, including $1,000 for Best in Show. Entries are not required to follow the theme, meant to be a suggestion.

However, gingerbread creations must include entirely edible components, with the exception of lighting. The only way around this criteria is to bake for exhibition only, not official judging.

Competitive categories are: adult(s) over 18, student(s) 18 and younger) and mixed-age group. Prizes are $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third in each category.

Bakers have until Nov. 13 and 14 to deliver their creations to the Craterian Theater, which benefits from the event by auctioning gingerbread entries Nov. 16 at its gala. The Gingerbread Jubilee Community Tour follows Nov. 17-21 and Nov. 23-24. Admission is $3 per person, and all proceeds benefit the theater.

Download an entry form online or pick up one at the theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford, or its box office at 16 S. Bartlett St., Medford. For more information, call Maureen Esser at 541-779-8195 ext. 303, or email or Mary Patridge at

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