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.


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 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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