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Funkstown Olde Tyme Christmas crowds down slightly

December 15, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

FUNKSTOWN - Olde Tyme Christmas in Funkstown attracted an estimated 2,500 to 2,800 people on Friday, organizer Rich Gaver told the mayor and Town Council at Monday night's meeting.

The event ran into some problems, but overall went well, Gaver said. Attendance was not quite as good as it was the previous year, possibly due to the weather and the economy, he said.

None of the narrators showed up and concerns about wind knocked the new bonfire in Funkstown Community Park down to a controlled burn at one point, Gaver said.

"All in all, it was a good event," Gaver said.

Gaver said only a few volunteers helped deliver the luminarias to residents and hinted he wasn't sure whether he and his wife would continue to help organize the event next year.

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"Thinking about next year, if we can't get more help, the wife and I will let you know," he said.

Councilman John Phillips III said the event has come too far to let it go.

Town officials suggested having one or more places where residents could pick up their luminarias rather than having volunteers deliver them.

Gaver said one idea being floated for next year's event is to have a battle of church choirs in the park. That would provide entertainment and could attract more people to the event.

Gaver encouraged people to come to planning meetings for Olde Tyme Christmas.

Information about the event can be found at www.funkstown.com.

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