Boonsboro, Md. (May 10, 2012) – The rains have come and gone and left Shafer Park as green as ever for the fourth annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 12.
The town’s talented crew has trimmed the grass and tidied up the beautiful municipal park as last-minute preparations are in high gear for the Fest that will feature a record 142 vendors.
Some vendors will be starting to set up Friday evening, but most will be scurrying around early Saturday morning to get ready for the 10 a.m. opening of the Fest, which will run until 5 p.m.
The new stage is almost ready for the performers, as the Atlantic Tent Rentals of Walkersville topped off a D.M.Bowman flatbed trailer with a 48-foot tent. Bales of straw will be placed in front of the stage and a 15-foot Green Fest banner will hang from the front.
STAGE STAGED – The crew members from Atlantic Tent Rentals of Walkersville proudly display their handiwork after installing a 48-foot tent atop a flatbed trailer which will be used as the stage for the Green Fest on Saturday. You’ll have to attend to see the entire setup. Crew members are (from left) owner Hank, Tom and Nick.
142 vendors registered;
activities set for Saturday
of Mother’s Day weekend
BOONSBORO, Md. (April 30, 2012) – Organizers of the fourth annual Boonsboro Green Fest couldn’t be happier.
The total number of vendors who signed up for the Saturday, May 12 event reached 142 before registration was closed. In addition, 53 sponsors have stepped forward with monetary and in-kind gifts and services in support of the spring festival in Shafer Park.
Popular broadcaster to emcee
Guest master of ceremonies Lou Scally, local TV weatherman and broadcaster, will preside over the official ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the Bandstand. The official ribbon-cutters will be Washington County Superintendent of School Clayton Wilcox and two specially chosen Girl Scouts, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of America.
Vendors offer variety
Vendors will be selling Eco-friendly products and services, and providing information about programs and systems, such as solar and geothermal energy systems. The product list includes: herbs and vegetable plants, health care products, jewelry made from recycled and re-purposed materials, art on reclaimed wood, restored trunks, totes, bags, pottery, artisan cheeses, rain barrels and composting kits. Even a developer of green houses will be on hand.
Bring your recyclables
Collection stations for dozens of kinds of recyclables will be set up in the parking area near the Community Center. Attendees are urged to check out the list in advance and then drop off items in the drive-thru, drop-off loop before parking in the free lot on Stouffer Avenue, behind the gas station.
For the first time, residents will be able to recycle television sets. Each household may drop off only one set; no consoles will be accepted. The Washington County government is waiving the $10 per unit fee for the event.
Shop at popular swaps
One of the major features of the Green Fest is St. James Catholic Church’s highly successful Gently Used Clothing Swap & Sale in Pavilion #1. A Sports Equipment Swap & Sale will be located near the clothing pavilion. Collection for clothing and equipment will be conducted together at the church.
Volunteers will collect thousands of items prior to and during the fest. Donors will be given vouchers, which then can be used to “purchase” items. Items may also be purchased at reasonable prices.
More than 4,000 items of clothing were swapped last year. Clothing that is not swapped or sold will be donated to Children in Need of Washington County. The sports equipment left over will be donated to local youth programs.
Articles of clothing and sports equipment may be dropped off in advance at St. James Church, corner of Ford Avenue and Main Street in Boonsboro, at four times in the week preceding the fest:
- Monday, May 7, from 7-9 a.m.
- Tuesday, May 8, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Thursday, May 10, from 6-8 p.m.
- Friday, May 11, from 4-8 p.m.
The Boonsboro Band Boosters will also be collecting musical instruments at their booth during Green Fest.
New home for entertainment
A new stage is planned for the area between the clothing swap pavilion and the concession stand so spectators seated at the picnic tables will have an unobstructed view of the entertainers. Music will also be carried throughout the park via the audio system. A flatbed trailer, donated by D.M. Bowman Corp. will form the deck of the stage. A tent will be erected on top to form the stage and serve to protect the performers.
Returning to the Green Fest is the popular eclectic band from Frederick, The Yardslippers, who will be performing from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Ray Owen, a Grammy-nominated performer from Gettysburg, will bring his unique one-man family show to the Green Fest stage for the first time – from 2-5 p.m.
Four sponsors are underwriting the performers’ appearances. They are Antietam Cable, Cronise Corp., Donna Brightman and Thompson Gas. For the fourth straight year, the printed program brochure is being sponsored by Michele R. Shaffer, CPA.
West Virginia singer-songwriter Tony M. Music will perform his original songs periodically during the day in the Kids Zone. Many of his compositions are written for children, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages. He has performed at previous Green Fests. His CD’s will be available for sale at the Recycling Task Force tent near the footbridge.
Fun all day in Kids Zone
Other activities, such as puppet shows, Pledge to the Earth, a scavenger hunt, and crafts, will occupy children all day in the Kids Zone. Some of the vendors nearby will also offer activities, products and services for children and families.
A Twister Field will be marked off and organized games will be held at different times for elementary, middle and high school students, and adults.
Students from Boonsboro Elementary School are doing special projects for Green Fest. At noon, Christina Hammer-Atkins’ second grade class will talk about how they made bird houses out of recycled materials. A magnet teacher, Mrs. Hammer-Atkins’ was named last week the Washington County Teacher of the Year.
At 2 p.m., Annie Andres’ third graders will hold a roundtable discussion about Fibonacci Numbers (numbers found in nature) and will display their work.
More green lamp-post banners
A total of 20 green lamp-post banners will grace light poles in the square in downtown Boonsboro, along North Main Street near the park, and on the poles along Shafer Park Drive, approaching the park. The banner program started last year with nine banners. The sponsors of this 11 new banners are: AC&T, Antietam Spirits, BodySense PT, Eby’s Garage, Fit In Boonsboro, Gifts Inn BoonsBoro, High Tech Powder Coating, Inn BoonsBoro, Reese’s Home Improvement, South Mountaiin Creamery, Vest Pizzeria.
It is hoped by festival planners that eventually all of the 40-some lamp post in town and in the park will be adorned with the green banners during Green Fest Week.
The Community Center will be the venue for the five speaker presentations which will be held throughout the day. Their schedule is:
- 10:30 am – Composting: Black Gold
- 11:30 am – Curbside Recycling in Boonsboro
- 12:30 pm – Awakening the Dream
- 2:00 pm – Career Opportunities & Trends in Solar, Wind & Geo-Thermal Technology
- 3:30 pm – Stink Bugs
Nearly 70 door prizes will be awarded to lucky ticket holders after each speaker’s presentation in the Community Center.
The Boonsboro Green Fest is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.