Gingerbread Houses Decorate County Circuit Court

The gingerbread contest, in its first full year, raised more than $500 for the Maryland Food Bank.


When visitors walk through the , they can see ornately decorated gingerbread houses by the window near the information desk.

The houses were decorated by different departments and individuals in the clerk's office.

The contest, organized by the Courthouse Activities Board, raised money for the Maryland Food Bank. Those visiting the courthouse could vote for their favorite gingerbread house by putting a penny in the box next to the display they liked best. 

Voting closed on Friday.

Lisa Preston, assistant chief deputy clerk, said more than $500 was raised for the charity. About $271.72 was earned through donations and employees matched that.

"It's a good morale booster," said Robert P. Duckworth, clerk of courts.

He said this is one of many efforts by employees to give to the community.

The winning display was "K-9 Christmas Camp" made by the courthouse's administrative department.

Second, was a replica of , made by Pamela DeBari, clerk of the civil department. DeBari, who worked in a bakery for a few years, said the design took about two-and-a-half weeks, and just under 24 hours of labor.

"It was going on in my brain for nights," DeBari said.

She said her gingerbread house will be on display at St. Anne's Church through the weekend.

Coming in third was "House of Disco," made by the Licensing Department.

Duckworth said next year he anticipates the contest will be twice as big.


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