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An action-packed July in Funkstown

June 09, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN -- Battles, music and fireworks are in the works for Days in the Park, set for July 10 to 12.

With Funkstown's share of recent hotel/motel tax dividends fueling tourism efforts, there will be battles in the streets and in the park, food of all kinds, events for children, a Civil War band and fireworks by Master Display Limited.

Last summer, Funkstown Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said the town should be getting approximately $15,000 from the hotel/motel tax dividends in monthly installments. The July 2008 check was for $1,578 and the August 2008 check totaled $1,628.

The estimated cost for the three-day event is approximately $10,000.

The 97th Regimental String Band will perform all three days at morning, afternoon and evening events, said Councilman John Phillips III, one of the event organizers.

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The Volunteer Fire Co. of Funkstown, St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Funkstown Lions Club will provide much of the food on July 11, from 1 to 8 p.m.

Union and Confederate troops will battle through Funkstown from 10 to 11 a.m. July 11. Townspeople will have treats for the troops.

A full field battle is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday in the town's wooded park. The battle will finish long before the free fireworks display, which begins at 9 p.m. 

Sunday will feature a final battle in the park starting at 2 p.m. Registration for the Battle of Funkstown costs $8 for anyone older than 12; $4 for ages 6 to 12; and is free for those younger than 6.

Each paid registration also includes a free meal ticket that may be redeemed July 11 between noon and 8 p.m. at the food concession being run by the Funkstown firefighters.

Re-enactors and craft vendors are still being accepted at Town Hall at 301-791-0948 or by going to www.funkstown.com. Anyone interested in helping with events should contact Town Hall.

Calling all volunteers!



This Wednesday at 6 p.m., there will be a meeting in the new upper pavilion at Funkstown Park for the upcoming Day in the Park events July 10-12.

Final details will be discussed including kids' activities Saturday, July 11, from 4 to 8 p.m.; the sale of commemorative T-shirts, fireworks and reenactment locations and times.

Organizers John Phillips III and Rich Gaver are encouraging volunteers who are needed for all of the events to attend.

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