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Funkstown's Day in the Park a three-day event

June 20, 2011|By AARON SAUNDERS | aaron.saunders@herald-mail.com

FUNKSTOWN — The Town of Funkstown is preparing to mix charity, family fun and history from July 15 to 17 during its annual Day in the Park, which includes a re-enactment of the Battle of Funkstown.

“This is my third year doing the event, and it’s a really good thing to do with my family,” said Town Councilman John Phillips III, who has been involved in planning and directing the event for three years.

Participants re-enacting the Battle of Funkstown are coming from as far away as New York.

“Everybody is starting to come to make this event successful. We have people come from Maryland, New York, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania,” said Phillips, who is a re-enactor.

The community gets involved by feeding troops as they forage for food before the battle begins. All food that is not consumed will be donated to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

“It’s a very important event for our community so they know what happened here and it’s a lot of fun for the kids,” said Rose Gaver, who is in charge of crafts for the event.

Gaver’s husband, Richard, is involved in planning the event and lining up vendors.

“Some years we get a bunch of vendors and some years it’s a struggle to find some,” Richard Gaver said. “This year we are lagging behind a bit.”

Vendors can pay $10 for a 10-by-10-foot space. All proceeds go to the Funkstown war memorial.

The event will include three re-enactments — two on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Music for the event will be provided at various times by the 97th Regimental String Band.

Food, including Sunday breakfast, will be available throughout the weekend at Funkstown Park. Master Displays Limited will present a fireworks display at dusk on July 16.

According to Phillips, the event has blossomed in part because of help from the Washington County Commissioners.

“This is all possible with the hotel/motel money that the county commissioners allot us. Without it, this event would be extremely difficult to do,” he said.

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Events planned for Day in the Park

Following is a partial list of events planned for Funkstown’s Day in the Park.

July 15
1 p.m. — Camp opens for registered participants of the re-enactment

July 16
9 a.m. — Foraging for food in town by troops
9 a.m. — Music by the 97th Regimental String Band, Baltimore Street
10 a.m. — Street battle, Baltimore Street
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Food will be sold by the Funkstown Fire Co., Funkstown Lions Club and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at pavilion No. 3 in the town park’s lower area next to the ball field off Robert Kline Way.
4 p.m. — Battle of Funkstown, east section of the town park off Robert Kline Way
Noon to 7 p.m. — Events for children on the west section of the park off Maple Street
Dusk — Fireworks at the east pavilion

July 17
10 a.m. — Civil War-period church service, east pavilion on top of the hill off Robert Kline Way
1 p.m. —  Final field battle, east section of the park off Robert Kline Way

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