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Grand Prize is a Lion Pride Viewing
Calling all chefs, avid bakers, cooking novices, animal lovers—even artists and architects: the deadline to enter the Friends of the National Zoo’s “Gin GRR bread” Habitat Contest, sponsored by Starbucks Coffee Company, is quickly approaching. The contest is part of the Zoo’s annual ZooLights event and puts a twist on the traditional holiday gingerbread house concept. The Zoo is asking “master planners” to design and build a gingerbread “habitat” for the Zoo’s new lion pride (consisting of father Luke, mothers—and sisters—Shera and Naba and their seven lion cubs). The winners will be awarded a “roar-ingly” incredible experience: prizes from Starbucks and a behind-the-scenes tour for the winner and five guests to meet the lion cubs and their keepers at the Great Cats exhibit.
The competition is open to people of all ages with three categories in which to enter: (grand prizes will be awarded to each of the following):
- Individual Youth: Children ages 16 and under working alone, with supervision of an adult.
- Family or Youth Group: Teams with children ages 16 and under. Teams must be a minimum of two (2) participants, but are not to exceed six (6) participants, including one adult supervisor or participant.
- Adult Individual or Team: Individuals ages 17 and over, or teams of participants ages 17 and over. Teams must be a minimum of two (2) participants, and are not to exceed six (6) participants.
In addition to the behind-the-scenes lion cub tours, Starbuck’s will award a “Coffee Lovers” grand prize (a French press, a pound of coffee and other coffee accessories) to winners in the Adult Individual or Team category as well as the Family or Youth Group category. The Individual Youth category winner will receive the behind-the-scenes lion cub tour as well as a National Zoo gift basket (plush toys, Zoo gear and other items).
Entry forms and contest rules can be found online at www.fonz.org/gingrrbread.htm. One entry per individual, group, or household is allowed. Due to space limitations, only 80 gingerbread habitats will be accepted into the competition with a base size no bigger than 15” L x 12” W. Entries may not be taller than 14”. Entries will be judged in three categories: Overall Appearance, Originality & Creativity, and Consistency of Theme.
To be eligible for the competition, entry forms must be received by Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. or sooner, as registration will close when 80 entries have been received. There is a $20 non-refundable fee to enter which must be made by check at the time of habitat delivery to the National Zoo (only checks will be accepted, no cash or credit cards).
Contestants must deliver their gingerbread habitats to the National Zoo Visitor Center between Nov. 29 – Dec. 4 from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. The judging will be held on Dec. 17, with the winners announced at 7 p.m. that evening during ZooLights.
ZooLights—powered by Pepco, in its fourth season, is a FREE holiday event featuring an array of lights illuminating life-sized animal silhouettes, trees, buildings and walkways at the Zoo. In addition to the spectacular lighting displays, guests can experience the Zoo in a whole new light: at night! They can enjoy costume character photo opportunities, a toy train display, treat stations and other festive, comfort foods including hot chocolate, donuts, and funnel cake. Visitors can stroll through several warming stations throughout the Zoo or tour animal houses and shop inside one of the Zoo’s gift shops. Each week of ZooLights different animal houses with special keeper talks and interpreters will be highlighted. A list of houses and dates can be found at www.fonz.org/zoolights.htm.