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Attendance up at Funkstown's Olde Tyme Christmas

December 14, 2010|JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN — After a dip in attendance a year ago, Funkstown’s Olde Tyme Christmas got a boost this year with an estimated 3,000 people attending activities Friday.

Last year’s event attracted an estimated 2,500 to 2,800 people, according to Herald-Mail archives.

Town Councilmen Richard L. Gaver and Robert “Bobby” Rodgers Jr., both of whom helped organize the event, said more people attended the events held at Funkstown Community Park this year compared to last year. The event, which has multiple venues in town, has been making greater use of the park in recent years.

“It was just a nice evening all the way around,” Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said during a Town Council meeting Monday night at Town Hall.

The Firehouse Grill, which operates out of the fire hall, almost sold out of hot roast beef sandwiches during the event, grill employee Larry Iseminger said.

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St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church was busy as were many of the stores in town, Gaver said.

The silent auction of the original ink drawing that is the basis for the town’s annual Christmas ornament sold for $150, a record high, Gaver said.

Gaver said he was going to look into reimbursing Cub Scout Pack 23 with some of the money raised by the event. The Cub Scout pack prepared hot chocolate and s’mores for attendees.

A performance by the band ensemble from E. Russell Hicks Middle School did not take place because extracurricular school activities were canceled Friday due to the weather, town officials said.

The winners of the house decoration contest were: 101 E. Maple St. for the whole house; 1 W. Maple St. for the door/porch; and 220 E. Chestnut St. for the yard.

The winners for the children’s ornament contest were Gabrielle Zimmerman, Nathan Summers and Vincent Raynor.

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