BOONSBORO, Md. (Feb. 17, 2010) – Building on the outstanding success of the inaugural event last year, the Boonsboro Green Fest 2010 Committee is already hard at work on the May 8 event planned again in beautiful Shafer Memorial Park.
Members are contacting potential vendors of earth-friendly products and services, and sponsors for the second annual event, which will feature longer hours than last year.
“The only complaint we heard last year from vendors and attendees,” says returning Green Fest Chair Jenny Sarnecki, “was that the Green Fest was too short, so we have extended the length of the festival by three hours.”
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturday before Mother’s Day.
VENDORS wishing to be considered for inclusion in this year’s Green Fest must send a Vendor Application to the committee by March 31, 2010. The form can be emailed or copied and mailed. Please be sure to include your website address so that visitors to the Green Fest site can access your information.
Along with the application, each vendor is required to submit a modest $20 fee for each 10-foot square space. Non-profit organizations (5013c) may request a refund of the fee, which would be returned after the May 8 event.
To encourage participation in last year’s inaugural festival, registration fees were refundable for all vendors. Most, however, donated the fee back to the Green Fest Committee to help defray expenses, according to Chair Sarnecki. “We were so very grateful for everyone’s generosity,” she says. “It covered our expenses and gave us a little cushion for this year’s event.”
Sponsors appreciated, too
Fifty local businesses, organizations and individuals supported the Green Fest idea before they even had any idea how the first-time event would turn out. They stepped up with monetary donations and many wonderful items for door prizes.
“They had a lot of faith that this little committee of ours could pull off something as ambitious as this,” said Ms. Sarnecki. “We believe we struck a chord with the community. That’s the only explanation.”
Again this year, the committee is seeking sponsors to help defray the costs associated with producing the festival, such as brochures, flyers, posters and signage. These items will help promote the event and serve as guides for those in attendance.
“We want to make sure the attendees have an informative and fun day,” says Ms. Sarnecki.
Sponsors may make monetary donations, give items for door prizes or purchase ads in the brochure.
SPONSORS & ADVERTISERS – If you would like to make a donation, simply fill out our Sponsor Form by March 31, 2010. Monetary donations, as well as eco-friendly door prizes, are welcome. You may also purchase an ad in the brochure, which will contain a map and listing of all the vendors (and sponsors) and be distributed at the park the day of the event.
Planning for the Green Fest includes recruiting volunteers and getting them to needed jobs during festival day. Kathy Vesely, a member of the committee, is serving as the Volunteer Coordinator again this year.
Volunteers will be needed during an 11-hour span, starting with vendor set-up at 6 a.m. and ending with clean-up in late afternoon. In between times, uniquely-dressed volunteers will work throughout the park wherever they are needed.
“We will need more than 50 volunteers this year,” says Ms. Vesely, explaining that 39 helped out last year, but the festival was three hours shorter then.
Ms. Vesely is starting early to get commitments from students and adults. She will match up abilities of the volunteers with the jobs available.
High school students will be able to earn up to 11 Student Service Learning (SSL) hours at the festival. Ms. Vesely will be authorized to certify the hours for the students.
VOLUNTEERS are encouraged to fill out the on-line Volunteer Form by April 24. You may volunteer for any number of two-hour segments or all day.
Town of Boonsboro