The annual Gingerbread Spectacular at the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor provides a forum for bakers and creators of all ages and skills to bake, build, decorate and enter their gingerbread creation in the competition coming Friday to Sunday, December 13 to 15.

Entering the event is free. Prizes will be awarded for the Most Spectacular gingerbread creation and also in categories that include Most Hilarious, Best Landscaping, Most Delicious Looking, Best Traditional Design, Most Likely to Fall Down, Most Obsessive Compulsive, Best Holiday Spirit, and more. The judges have been known to create additional categories as needed.

Competitors are advised that bribing the judges is not only allowed, but encouraged. All cash bribes will be donated to the Opera House.

Entries do not need to be made entirely out of gingerbread, but they must be edible (that is, no icing-covered

shoe boxes). In the past, entries have been created by solo designers working late into the night, as well as groups of friends, colleagues, school classes, families and others. Entry forms and information are available at the opera house, 86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, or people can register by calling 633-5159 by December 10. Each entry will receive a ticket to the Dough Ball Preview Party on December 13. Tickets to the Dough Ball are also on sale at the box office.