Julia M. Usher Cookie

Julia M. Usher specializes in 3D cookie art.

Are you skilled in the art of cookie decorating?

If so, you might have the chance to appear in a national TV documentary.

This July, a major TV network (whose name is currently embargoed), will be heading to the Show Me Sweets Edible Art Show at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. The network will be filming the annual Julia M. Usher Cookie Competition (which was previously held in Oklahoma and moved to the Show Me Sweets Show last year), and turning the 3D cookie competition into a TV documentary.

The documentary will follow several cookie artists through their design process and throughout the course of the competition, which takes place Sat., July 13 and Sun., July 14. The first-, second-, and third-place winners of the competition will share in a total prize package of over $5,000 in cash and products.

Usher, a cookie artist herself and author of several cookie-themed cookbooks, will serve as one of the judges of the competition. "Creativity is pretty unbounded; judges learn as much as contestants," she says. "People might be scared to enter a competition like this that seems so high-powered and stylized, but it's truly about the learning experience." 

Not interested in competing? The expo still offers plenty to explore, including edible art demonstrations and competitions, hands-on classes, cake battles, conversations with celebrity cake artists and more. 

"There's no one that doesn't walk away from some of these things without growing in some ways," Usher says. 

Show Me Sweets will be held on Sat., July 13 and Sun., July 14 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Tickets are $13.95 for one day, $24.50 for a weekend pass or $77.50 for a VIP ticket, available here. The casting deadline for competitors is May 1.

Editor's Note: This post has been updated to correct the prize amount for the Show Me Sweets 3D cookie competition.

Show Me Sweets, showmesweets.com

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