The Boonsboro Green Fest was established on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend in May 2009 to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community. Every year since, the Green Fest’s attendance, number of vendors, variety of activities and recycling opportunities have increased.
The 5th annual spring festival, sponsored by the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.on Saturday, May 11, 2013, rain or shine, at Boonsboro’s historic Shafer Park. Admission is FREE.
The festival could feature as many as 150 vendors or more, food concessions, children’s activities, speakers, door prizes, entertainment, and the Recycling Zone, which will include a wide variety of recycling collection stations.
Everything from solar energy systems to composting to fair trade products to heirloom tomato plants to clothing and sports equipment swaps to jewelry and rain barrels to information booths and exhibits will be featured throughout the park.
Vendors wishing to participate may apply on line beginning on Jan. 1, 2013. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2013. Vendors are required to pay a $20 registration fee for each 10-foot-square space. See the Vendor Standards and Practices here.
A printed program brochure, including a map and list of vendors and sponsors, will be available to attendees. In advance of the festival, committee members will be distributing bookmarks and posters promoting the events of the day.
Lapel sticker worn
by festival attendees
Scores of volunteers will be needed throughout the day, helping vendors with setup, passing out programs, collecting recyclables in the Recycling Zone, helping in the Kid Zone with the children’s activities, directing traffic, helping with parking and cleaning up afterwords. Volunteers must sign up in advance and by May 8, 2013. Volunteer Form
Students may earn Student Service Learning hours by volunteering at the festival.
The committee is determined to produce an event that is free and open to the public. To help defray expenses associated with promotion and production, the committee gratefully accepts monetary donations and in-kind contributions. Five levels of giving have been established. They are Green Leaf ($300 & over), Gold Leaf ($200-299), Silver Leaf ($100-199), Bronze Leaf ($50-99) and Patron ($49 & under).
Special sponsorship opportunities are available, including underwriting the program guide printing cost and purchasing green lamp post banners. Go to the sponsor page for details.
If you are able to help in any way, please make checks payable to “Boonsboro Green Fest” and mail to: Boonsboro Green Fest, PO Box 64, Boonsboro, MD 21713-0064. If you have questions or would like to make a comment, please email the committee or write to the above address.
Green Fest organizers
Working with Green Fest 2013 Co-Chairs Janeen Solberg and Barbara Wetzel again this year are returning committee members: Sean and Leslie Haardt, Harvey Hoch, Rosemary James, Amy Jones, Frances Lynch, Dan Murphy, Brigitte Schmidt, Laura Schnackenberg, Rick Schulman and Kathy Vesely.
Ms. Solberg also is the founding chair of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, which sponsored the Green Fest the first four years, and serves on the Boonsboro Town Council with Ms. Wetzel and Sean Haardt; Ms. James is immediate past chair of the Recycling Task Force; Ms. Vesely served as chair of the Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee for four years with Mr. Schulman, Mr. Hoch is the former county recycling coordinator and Ms. Schnackenberg is a current member of the town’s Park Board, which oversees the operation of the expanding Shafer Park, location of the annual festival.
Four of the founding members of the Recycling Task Force — Ms. James, Ms. Schnackenberg, Brigitte Schmidt and Ms. Vesely — are now serving on the newly formed Boonsboro Environmental Commission, along with Ms. Wetzel, who is the council’s liaison. The commission (see photo below) was established in the fall of 2012 by the Boonsboro Mayor and Council and will tackle a wider range of environmental issues. The Recycling Task Force completed its work by seeing the implementation of the new curbside recycling program for Boonsboro residents in July 2012.
The Green Fest Committee supplants the task force as the festival’s general sponsor and operating committee. It is in the process of seeking 501(c)3, non-profit status.
The New Boonsboro Environmental Commission
Members of the new Boonsboro Environmental Commission (BEC) gather for a group picture following their first official meeting on Dec. 11, 2012 at the Community Center in Shafer Park. Officers are (seated, from left) Amanda Whitmore, secretary, Brigitte Schmidt, chairperson, and Kathy Vesely, vice chairperson. Other members are (standing, from left) Jessica Renner, Todd Kennedy, Linda Moser, Scott McIlwee, Laura Schnackenberg, and Rosemary James; and Town Planner and Zoning Administrator Megan Clark, who serves as the town staff person on the commission. The Town Council liaison on the commission is Barbara Wetzel (not pictured).