The popular Boonsboro Green Fest embarks on its second decade on Saturday, May 18, as the town’s Shafer Park plays host to the 11th annual earth-friendly event which offers area residents many ways to “tread lightly on this earth.”
The festival, the largest of its kind in the region, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the town’s park, with a short opening ceremony at the Bandstand beginning at 9:45 a.m.
Featuring 200 earth-friendly vendors, the annual spring event is produced by an all-volunteer committee, many of whom have been on board since the first fest in 2009. The annual festival is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.
Other features include:
- Drive-thru, drop-off Recycling Zone in the Community Center parking lot with more than two dozen collections stations,
- Area’s largest clothing swap and sale — with thousands of items of all sizes — which will open up precisely at 10:30 a.m.,
- Children’s activities all day long, featuring crafts, activities and music,
- Three silent auctions, with winners announced at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.,
- Wine & Beer Garden from 12-5 p.m. featuring some local wineries and breweries,
- Food concessions, including four vegan vendors, Greek fare, breakfast sandwiches, pizza, baked goods, Kombucha, soft ice cream and brownies, and brewed locally roasted coffee,
- Eco-Transportation Zone, featuring hybrids from local car dealers and at least one Tesla being displayed by a local resident, and
- Music all day by: Five and Dime from 10 a.m.-noon, The Cruisers from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Built 4 Comfort from 3-5 p.m.
The opening ceremony will be emceed by local broadcaster Lou Scally and will feature the singing of the festival’s unofficial theme song, Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land”, led by musician-song writer Tony M. Music. Committee members and local officials will be introduced followed by the ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the official opening of the festival.
Tony M. will also be playing in the Kids Zone pavilion, while singer-ukulele musician Tim Seals will be serenading passersby at different locations throughout the day.
To spread the word about this year’s theme of Small Changes, Big Differences, the committee is encouraging citizens to take five simple steps to become greener:
- Use refillable water bottles,
- Refuse plastic straws,
- Refuse disposable plastic cutlery and napkins,
- Keep your reusable grocery bags handy, and
- Buy “gently used” instead of new.
Five resource recovery stationswill be positioned throughout the park so festival-goers will be able to deposit their recyclables, compostables and waste materials in the proper receptacles. Also, there will be two water refilling stations near the concession pavilion.
Nearly 100 volunteers, including the 18-member committee, are needed to produce the free festival. Volunteers can be spotted in their yellow and green t-shirts, while committee members will be wearing this year’s official navy blue shirts, which can be purchased at the committee’s tent across from the concession pavilion. Also, available are baseball-style caps and reusable, aluminum water bottles.
Leftover items from the clothing swap and sale are donated to Children in Need, Inc., of Washington County. Proceeds from the clothing swap go to Micah’s Backpack of south county, while the proceeds from wine and beer sales go to the Friends of Shafer Park.
The festival is free and will be held rain or shine. Free parking will be available in the vacant lot behind Alex gas station, with access off of Stouffer Avenue.
Go to www.boonsborogreenfest.com for more information.