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Lutherville Lab community enjoys 15th annual Fall Family Funfest

Kicking lessons with Matt Stover highlight event

By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com

6:30 PM EDT, October 5, 2012

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Hundreds of Lutherville Lab Elementary School families turned out for the 15th annual Fall Family Funfest Friday evening, an event that featured food, games, and kicking lessons from Ravens Ring of Honor member Matt Stover.

"There was a buzz through the whole school," Jamie Papas, who co-organized the event along with Melissa Garvin, said about the highly-anticipated event.

"I heard yesterday, a parent volunteer told me that all the kids, all they were talking about was tonight," Papas said. "We knew it was going to be a fun event for all of them."

It's safe to say the event lived up to its expectations. Papas said presale tickets were purchased by 175 families, with many of the remaining members of the community buying tickets upon arrival.

Children mobbed the activities, with kicking lessons from Stover drawing a line around the baseball field backstop and a mob surrounding the booth where buckets of water were being dumped on teachers' heads.

The school's gym teachers set up an obstacle course for students to run through, and another set of teachers were running "Minute to Win It"-style events.

Elsewhere, the more traditional fair games such as the ring toss, milk bottle stacks, and the rubber duck pull drew crowds as well.

The event was largely subsidized by a $700 donation from CFG Community Bank, which also ran the prize table in an effort to teach children how to save their prize tickets.

Papas said the donation allows more of the proceeds of the event to go right back into the school's extra-curricular and cultural arts programs.

Elsewhere, volunteers from Dulaney High School and Ridgely Middle School — some of whom were Lutherville Lab alumni themselves — ran games and activities, allowing the parents to stay with their families and enjoy the evening.

Holly Sutley, a 13-year-old who attends Dulaney, signed up to help through her school's volunteer club and was coordinating the dress-up race, in which children and their parents teamed up for a dress-up race.

Sydney Schultz, 12, returned this year with a group of friends, and enjoyed seeing all of the familiar faces at the event she remembered so well.

"It's fun to walk around with your friends and family," Grace Driscoll, 12, said. "I just like being around with them and doing all the activities."