THE 2014 BOONSBORO GREEN FEST COMMITTEE
Members of the committee show off the 2014 edition of the festival's T-shirts and a new refillable water bottle decorated with the same design. Members are (front, from left) Sean Haardt, Rick Schulman, Amy Jones, Jill Reddecliff, Greg Solberg, Leslie Haardt, and Jennifer Guenther; (standing, from left) Barbara Wetzel, Dan Murphy, Darrell Jones, Tony Drury, Rosemary James, Kathy Vesely, Laura Schnackenberg, Frances Lynch, Janeen Solberg and Brigitte Schmidt. Committee member emeritus Harvey Hoch is not pictured.
Shopping for some tomato plants ...
200 vendors sign up
for Green Fest, May 9
BOONSBORO, Md. (March 23, 2015) - A record number of 200 earth-friendly vendors, exhibitors, crafters and collectors will be participating in the seventh annual Boonsboro Green Fest, set for Saturday, May 9.
To be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the town's Shafer Park, the free spring festival is the largest one of its kind in the region.
The all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee is the general sponsor and producer of the event, which has been held each year since 2009 on the Saturday preceding Mother's Day.
Festival-goers will be able to purchase vegetable and herb plants, shrubs, handcrafted jewelry and home decor, handmade soaps and lotions, wood products, pottery, candles, totes, rain barrels, and many other items made from reused and re-purposed materials. There will be companies providing information about clean energy systems and others selling children's products and furnishings.
New this year will be a Silent Auction, replacing the door prize give-away. It will be held in the east end of the Wine & Beer Garden tent. Items, many from vendors and exhibitors, will be auctioned off at several times during the day.
The committee has produced a flier which will be distributed throughout the community, detailing the dozens of items that will be collected in the Recycling Zone, located in the parking lot of the Community Center.
Nearly a dozen more light-post banners have been purchased by local businesses, organizations and individuals. The goal of the committee is to have a green banner for each of the lamp-posts along Main Street and inside the old and new sections of the park. It looks like that will happen this year.
"We fill spaces on a first-come, first-served basis," says vendor coordinator Janeen Solberg, who also serves as a general co-chair, along with Barbara Wetzel.
Last year the park was filled to capacity with 184 vendors. "We have only about two dozen good spaces left," Solberg added.
This year's festival will be held Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Boonsboro's Shafer Park.
Check out vendors already registered
Businesses, organizations and individuals may apply by going to the Vendor page and follow the instructions. Spaces are now $40 each; they were $20 each before the Early Bird deadline on March 1.
The largest festival of its kind in the region, it is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro and is produced by the Green Fest Committee with the support of as many as 150 volunteers and dozens of sponsoring partners who donate funds and in-kind services.
Supporters may sign up to be volunteers and sponsors on this website. Volunteers may name their own hours and request to help out with a variety of activities. Only volunteers who sign up in advance will be able to participate, according to Kathy Vesely, volunteer coordinator.
This year's festival will feature live music, speakers, children's activities, a large recycling drop-off area with more than two dozen collection stations, health and fitness tent, and a wine and beer garden featuring products from local wineries and breweries, with proceeds going to the Friends of Shafer Park and designed for a new aquatics and recreation center at the park.
New this year will be a silent auction, featuring donated articles of varying values; proceeds will help with the festival's production expenses.
BOONSBORO, Md. (Feb. 24, 2015) - Vendors and exhibitors who would like to take part in the seventh annual Boonsboro Green Fest can save on registration fees by applying before the March 1 Early Bird deadline.
Nearly 100 vendors have already registered, according to Janeen Solberg, festival co-chair and vendor coordinator.
The largest event of its kind in the region, the Green Fest is scheduled for Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boonsboro's Shafer Park.
Last year, 184 Eco-friendly vendors filled the park. The number of vendors has increased each year since the inaugural event in 2009 when 84 vendors signed up.
Vendor applications received by March 1 will pay only $20 for a space, while those received between March 2 and 15 must pay $40. The final deadline for applying is March 15.
An application form may be found here.
An official event of the Town of Boonsboro, the festival is produced by the all-volunteer Green Fest Committee with the support of several dozen sponsoring partners and nearly 150 volunteers, who may also sign up online.
The event is held each year on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend.
now being accepted
for 7th Green Fest
BOONSBORO, Md. (Jan. 4, 2015) -- Vendor applications for the 7th annual Boonsboro Green Fest are now being accepted. The popular spring event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 9 in Shafer Park.
Applications may be submitted up until March 15, however, prospective vendors who apply by March 1 will pay only $20 for a space; the fee doubles for applications received from March 2 to 15.
The number of vendors has increased from 84 in 2009 -- the festival's first year -- to 184 in 2014, when the park was filled to capacity with vendors and other features, including a music stage, recycling drop-off center, kids zone, food pavilion, and three large tents housing -- speakers, health and fitness displays, and a wine and beer garden.
Vendors are chosen based on adherence to the Green Fest mission "to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community."
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.
For an application, go to the Vendor Page.
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.