BOONSBORO, Md. (Jan. 20, 2011) – An expanded Boonsboro Green Fest committee is mapping out plans for the third edition of the highly successful spring festival, set for May 7, 2011.
They have a great deal upon which to build, as the festival the first two years has attracted thousands of area residents, seeking information, products and ways to “tread more softly on our green Earth” – the festival’s slogan.
Vendors will display and sell earth-friendly products and services, vegetable and flower plants, rain barrels, compost kits, crafts made from recycled and repurposed materials, and alternative energy systems. There will be a multitude of recycling opportunities and a large clothing swap and sale. One pavilion will be devoted to an array of food items, while another pavilion will house the children’s activities. There will be entertainment and speakers throughout the day.
The Green Fest is sponsored by the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force.
The event will again run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturday before Mother’s Day in the original section of the town’s beautiful Shafer Memorial Park. The hours were expanded after the inaugural festival in 2009 so residents with other activities would have time to attend more than one event that day.
The Green Fest is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.
The Green Fest Committee has been expanded from 11 to 16 members with Janeen Solberg and Barbara Wetzel serving as co-chairs. Both have served on the committee the first three years. They both also are members of the elected Boonsboro Town Council.
Other original members of the Green Fest committee, who are serving for the third year in a row, are Seig Gooding, Harvey Hoch, Rosemary James, Amy Jones, Brigitte Schmidt, Laura Schnackenberg, treasurer, and Kathy Vesely, corresponding secretary. Returning for the second year are Leslie and Sean Haardt. New to the committee this year are Anthony Drury, Cliff Engle, Frances Lynch, Dan Murphy and Rick Schulman.
Vendors can sign up online
Vendors are already inquiring about reserving spaces along the pathways and in the food pavilion. More than 100 vendors are expected again this year.
A convenient interactive Vendor Application is available on this website. Applicants will first be taken to the Vendor Standards & Practices page before they are able to fill out an application. Applicants should closely review the information, which includes the festival’s mission statement: “to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community.”
After an application is received, the committee will select vendors based on adherence to the mission statement, the availability of display space and the best mix of vendors for the festival.
Applications must be received by April 1. A nominal fee of $20 will be charged for each 10-foot-square space. Vendors applying early will receive priority placement in the park.
Volunteers: secret ingredient
Volunteers are the secret ingredient in the Green Fest recipe for success. They set up, tear down, run errands, announce events, hand out program brochures, man collection sites, help with children’s activities, and direct traffic, among other important duties.
More than 85 volunteered last year. At least that many or more will be needed again this year from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to Kathy Vesely, volunteer coordinator. Volunteers may work anywhere from two to 12 hours, in two-hour segments.
An interactive volunteer sign-up form is available on this website (form). Applications must be received by April 23 to qualify as a volunteer. Students may earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours at the festival.
Sponsors & door prizes welcome
As important as the volunteers are on “game day,” sponsors are the glue holding the festival together from year to year. Without monetary and in-kind donations from community-minded businesses, individuals, organizations and, yes, vendors, the committee would not have the ability to produce a meaningful event.
Donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated, of course. This year categories of giving have been established. They are: Green Leaf ($300 and more), Gold Leaf ($200-299), Silver Leaf ($100-199), Bronze Leaf ($50-$99) and Green Fest Patron ($49 & under). An interactive sponsor form is available on this website.
Door prizes of all kinds are also welcome. They will be distributed in the Community Center during the speakers’ programs. Only those attending one of the program will be eligible to win a prize. Fill out a sponsor form if you would like to donate a door prize.