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Day in the Park draws more than 1,500

July 13, 2009

FUNKSTOWN -- Tired but happy.

That best describes the members of the Funkstown Town Council, firefighters and an army of volunteers who made the past weekend's three-day battle re-enactment a success.

A Day in the Park was actually stretched over July 10 to 12 and included street battles, field battles, period music, food, fun and fireworks.

Rich Gaver said 1,500 or more people turned out for the festivities. Their enthusiasm wasn't even dampened by an early afternoon rainstorm Saturday, which cleared up in time for the second major battle and the all-important fireworks.

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"It was a great day for the town," said Bobby Rodgers, a former council member. He reported that the fire company cleared $830 in food sales.

Town resident Bill Snodderly said he was impressed with the fireworks display Saturday night and added that he wished there had been more re-enactors for the battles.

Councilman John Phillips III, who led the 4 1/2-month effort to make the event a reality, said he already has 135 re-enactors signed up for next year's festivities, scheduled for July 16 to 18, 2010.

"It was great seeing the community of Funkstown coming together for the common good," said Vice Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr.

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