Love a good Challenge? Hang on to Your Hats for these ICES 2018 Competitions!!

The “Mad About Hats” Challenge – The bottle said “Drink Me” and when Alice did, she shrank to only ten inches tall – challenging to be sure. But, YOUR challenge will be to decorate a Hatter’s Top Hat that’s only EIGHT inches tall..! All competitors in this challenge will have to decorate the same, very specific hat. How will you make YOURS stand out from the others? Well now, THAT’S the challenge!

Wearable Sugar Art: “A Wonderland of Hats” Competition/Fashion Show – Have you ever seen one of those grand competitions where models strut the runway wearing the finest in Fondant-Chocolate-Icing couture? Very often, it takes an entire team to get that outfit together. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at wearable sugar art, here’s your chance to become a “Sugar Milliner”. That’s right – Edible Hats..! This contest will challenge individual (or teams of) sugar artists to design and craft a wearable hat from edible materials. The individual and team entries will be judged together; the number of people working on an entry will have no affect on the judging. You’ll be able to choose whatever style of hat you like. Everyone is sure to see the edible features of your piece, but the proof of wear-ability comes when that fabulous fondant Fedora or your captivating caramel-studded Cap trots down the runway of our own “Wonderland of Hats” Fashion Show.

Second Annual Step Challenge – It’s back! Your challenge will be to walk 10,000 steps in two days. The Step Challenge can be done at the Convention or Virtual if you can not attend. You track your steps on your own device, or a pedometer is available for purchase at the show. You can sign up now and make your plan to get moving during the Convention!


Mad About Hats Cake Challenge (Online)
Mad About Hats Cake Challenge (PDF)

Wonderland of Hats Competition/Fashion Show (Online)
Wonderland of Hats Competition/Fashion Show (PDF)

2nd Annual Step Challenge
2nd Annual Step Challenge Welcome Letter & Rules

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