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Early-Bird Deadline Feb. 15


   Vendors signing up

   for 10th Green Fest;

   spaces going fast

BOONSBORO, Md. (January 2018) - Vendor applications are pouring in for the 10th annual Boonsboro Green Fest to be held on Saturday, May 19.

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UPDATE: A total of 102 spaces have been filled by 83 approved vendors, as of Feb. 6. FYI, there were 84 vendors for the first Green Fest in 2009 and more than 200 last year.

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Scheduled a week later this year, the spring festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Boonsboro's Shafer Park on the third Saturday. An opening ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m.

 

Vendor applications may be submitted up until the March 15 deadline, however, prospective vendors who apply by Feb. 15 will pay only $30 for a space; the fee doubles for applications received from Feb. 16 through March 15.


Vendors are chosen based on adherence to the Green Fest mission "to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community."


Organizers expect the park to be filled to capacity with 200 vendors for the fourth year in a row, so they urge vendors to make application as early as possible. Vendors are considered for participation in the order they are submitted.


Based on the themes or products of the vendors, they will be listed on the website and in the program brochure in various categories, such as Eco-Home, Eco-Lifestyle, Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening, Conservation & Recycling, Eco-Kids, Clean Energy Options, Health & Wellness, Go Local, and Food & Refreshments.

 

The vendor application, as well as forms to volunteer and to become a sponsor, can be found on www.boonsborogreenfest.com.  Forms are also available by sending a request to: Boonsboro Green Fest, PO Box 64, Boonsboro, Md. 21713.

 

The festival will also feature live music, recycling drive-through/drop-off zone, kids zone, transportation zone, clothing swap, food pavilion, and a wine and beer garden.

 

Proceeds from the garden go directly to the Friends of Shafer Park. The Green Fest has donated a total of $4,000 to the park over the last four years. Proceeds from the clothing swap are donated to Micah's Backpack, while leftover clothing and other items are donated to Children in Need of Washington County. Many other organizations and businesses benefit from the collection of recyclable and reusable items and materials gathered in the recycling zone.

 

The Green Fest Committee is the general sponsor of the annual festival, which is planned and produced by volunteers and is financed by vendor fees and the generosity of dozens of sponsoring partners. It is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.

 

 

Cool Green Fest  

success without sun

at last year's event


By Barbara Wetzel

BOONSBORO, MD (May 15, 2017) - When it came right down to it, organizers of the 9th annual Boonsboro Green Fest were only hoping for a rain-less stretch of time from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. You see, it had rained off and on (mostly on) during the preceding two days.

 

They got their wish, as nary a drop fell from the 10 o'clock hour, as the opening ceremony was concluding, for the rest of the day Saturday, much to the pleasure of more than 200 vendors and a couple thousand visitors who put on an extra sweater and some waterproof footwear and enjoyed the many features for which the Green Fest is known.

 

The vendors selling solar systems were none too pleased with the weather, but they still maintained their sunny dispositions, despite only a  flicker of light in mid-afternoon by the shiny ball of energy that is their reason for being.

 

And of course, an hour after the festival closed, the sun came out while the clean-up crew was getting the park back in order.

 

All-in-all, though, the Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, the hundred-plus volunteers, the vendors and the 70 sponsors were gratified to see the visitors enjoying the events of the day, including:

 

Opening ceremony

Lou Scally presided over the opening ceremony which was held shortly before the official start of the festival. Attendees included the members of the Green Fest Committee, elected officials including Julianna Albowicz, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Holland's representative and Mark Galinsky, Congressman John Delaney's field representative, who presented a resolution; Maryland Delegate Bill Wivell (Dist. 2-B), County Commissioner Jeff Cline, county treasurer Todd Hershey and register of wills Jason Malott; Boonsboro Mayor Howard Long and immediate past mayor, Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman, Jr., assistant mayor Cynthia Kauffman, town council members, Brigitte Schmidt and Janeen Solberg; Boonsboro police chief Chuck Stanford; former Frederick County commissioner, Kai Hagen; major sponsors, Bruce Wilder of Turn the Page Bookstore, Shannon Murphy of BodySense PT, Ellis Burress of Bellwether Printing, and Denise Russell of MOM's Organic Market; Tom Ruhf, coordinator of the first annual Green Fest Photo Contest; and members of the Green Fest Committee: Laura Schnackenberg, Amy Jones, Rosemary James, Janeen Solberg, Barbara Wetzel, Susan Simonson, Kathy Vesely, Dan Murphy, Renee Elias, Kim Payne, Sean Haardt and Tony Drury. Members unable to attend the ceremony were Greg Solberg and Leslie Haardt.

 

John Krowka (left) displays his winning photo in the inaugural Boonsboro Green Fest Photo Contest, with Tom Ruhf, the coordinator of the contest.


Inaugural Photo Contest winners

The winners of the first annual Green Fest Photo Contest were announced at the opening ceremony by honorary guest master of ceremony, Lou Scally, local broadcaster and weatherman. The winning entries were: first place, John Krowka's close-up photo of a large white owl; second place, Terri Packard's farm scene framed by a flowing tree; and third place, Alexis Miller's towering sunflower.

 

The contest was coordinated by Tom Ruhf, a Rohrersville resident and an excellent amateur photographer himself. Judges for the contest were Monika Wertman, Mary Pat Kelley and Dale Swope, all professional photographers.

 

The winning digital photos were printed and then professionally framed by Howard's Art & Frames of Hagerstown, who donated the framing. The framed photos were then presented to the winning photographers after being displayed during the festival.

 

The Green Fest is produced by the all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee and is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro. Also find us on Facebook.