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Christmas event co-chairman says at least 1,000 attended

December 14, 2004

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown's Olde Tyme Christmas on Dec. 10 drew 1,000 to 1,100 people - including some who lived outside the region, event co-chairman Rich Gaver said.

Gaver, a full-time electrical inspector for Washington County and a part-time sales associate for Lowe's, made the report during Monday's meeting of the Funkstown Town Council.

About 140 people went on wagon rides narrated by Councilwoman Sharon Chirgott and others, he said.

The event, which included a visit by Santa Claus, went smoothly and he believed everyone had a good time, Gaver said.

About 290 people bought raffle tickets, he said.

Council members praised Gaver for his hard work on the annual event.

A modest Gaver said he can't take the credit for the event's success, since he only does a small part of the work.

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"All I am is the front man," Gaver said.

The event has been a tradition in Funkstown since 1992.

Among the items on sale at this year's event was a picture of the Jacob Funck House, the oldest house in Funkstown.

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