The annual Boonsboro Green Fest planned for May 9 has been canceled due to the coronavirus emergency. The springtime, outdoor festival has been held in the town’s Shafer Park since 2009.
“We have no idea what is in store for all of us, less than two months from now,”said festival co-chair Janeen Solberg. “We hope to bring back the Green Fest in May 2021, if the threat of the virus has ended by then.”
Solberg thanked everyone who has supported the festival. She added, “We are just heartbroken that we had to cancel this year’s Green Fest,” which would have been the 12th annual.
Typically, the festival plays host to 200 vendors, including food concessionaires, recycling collectors, electric vehicle exhibitors, craftspeople, farmers, local winemakers and brewers, governmental agencies, clubs and other organizations. The one-day event has also featured live music, a large clothing swap and children’s activities each year.
Vendors are chosen based on their adherence to the festival’s mission: to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community. Nearly 30,000 have attended the event over the first 11 years of the festival.
“We will be trying to impart information about reducing your carbon imprint throughout the year on our website and social media,” explained Solberg who added, “The Green Fest team remains committed to our mission.”
The general sponsor and producer is the all-volunteer, 17-member Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, six of whose members have remained active on the committee since its inception. The festival is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.