Applicant must register with ABE 2018 no later than Friday, March 18, 2018. Anyone who does not register will not be judged or eligible for cash prizes. Entries must be exclusive work of entrant. Cake entries should be Styrofoam but such that the design can be duplicated in cake. FlavorRight our sponsor will provide 1 free sample of their product to all applicants. Free sample pick up information on FlavorRight items for contestants will be announced closer to the show. No business identifying marks, advertisements, or photos will be allowed until the completion of the judging. After judging business cards may be placed on the cakes. Bring completed cakes to Drop off Area (the back of the convention center & Rear Loading Dock area) Saturday, April 8, Noon-6pm & Sunday April 9 BY 9 AM BEFORE SHOW OPENS! Any cakes delivered after the opening of the Show on Sunday will not be judged but placed for display purposes only. Please note you cannot decorate your cake on site, brief assembly OK. All cakes must be brought through the rear loading dock; no entries may be brought through convention center lobby. Each cake will be judged independently by a team of expert judges. Judging will be Sunday, April 8, 2-5pm. Award announcement will be done at the display area on Monday, April 9 at NOON. Scores cannot be reviewed by applicants after the winners are announced. Cakes are judged by appearance; points will be given for neatness, originality, creativity, colors and degree of difficulty. All items will be judged according to criteria on a point system. Each of the categories will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd cash prize. In addition to the prize money, the winners will also receive a trophy. CAKES MUST REMAIN ON DISPLAY UNTIL THE END OF THE SHOW ON MONDAY, APRIL 9th until 4:00 PM. One best of show winner will be chosen by the judges and will receive a trophy and cash prize of $500.00.