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This winter, ACE DC is getting a little sweeter!

2023 ACE DC
Gingerbread Design & Build Competition

Get ready to have some fun in a sweet and friendly Gingerbread Design and Build Competition, while helping raise funds for ACE DC programming and scholarships.

Bring your gingerbread house kit, some edible elements and join ACE DC as we

Design & Build It!

Join It!

Submit it!

Vote on it!

Celebrate it!

Build It!

Submissions Due December 13th!

Design & Build it!

Our Gingerbread competition is inspired by the CIRT National Design Competition that ACE Students across the country participate in each year. Your teams will have 3 categories to choose from as the inspiration for your edible creations. Competition Guidelines can be found HERE.

2023 Gingerbread Design and Build Competition Prompts:  

  1. Put your own tasty twist on an existing national or international monument

  2. Design and build a sweet structure of the future

  3. Recreate an edible rendition one of your firm's projects!  

After completion of your project, your team will provide four (3) pictures of your structure (no people in the photos, please!) along with your team name, category, and title for your structure, by December 13th, 2023. Judges will evaluate submissions based on the photos.

November 8-December 13 (EXTENDED!)

Gather your team or Sponsor a student team

Create your team with co-workers, some friends or even your family!

Entry cost for a team of 5 participants is $200. Additionally, your team is responsible for purchasing gingerbread house kits and supplies (max spent on build items should be around $80-$100. No receipts required...scout's honor!). 

Are you an ACE DC Alumni currently enrolled in school or a vocational program?  Create a team and just pay the cost for supplies! Email to register your Alumni Team!

Don't have time to build a project this year? Consider sponsoring one of our high school teams! Sponsorship information can be found HERE!

December 15th-January 12 (EXTENDED!) 

Vote on it!

Once your edible building is complete, you can now use it to help us FUNDRAISE for ACE and compete for the coveted PEOPLE'S CHOICE Award! We will upload your team's photo submissions onto the Showcase page.


Your team members will share this page via email and social media to encourage friends, families and co-workers to vote. Each vote is $1 and the team with the most votes (and funds raised) wins the Poplar Vote Category! The best part is knowing all funds raised go towards ACE DC programming and scholarships. 

NEW THIS YEAR: We will also recognize the firm/company with the most votes (and funds raised) based on a tally of votes on all firm/company entries. 


Celebrate it!

Throughout the Month of January, ACE DC will highlight submissions and winners via email, our website and all social media platforms. Winning teams will be invited to send a representative to recieve their physical award our Scholarship Breakfast on May 16th (details to be provided)

Plan It!
Design It!
Fund It!
Win it!
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