VENDOR UPDATE - Jan. 29, 2016:
96 vendors have been accepted so far to participate in the 2016 Boonsboro Green Fest.
We are limited to a total of 200 vendors. The Early Bird vendor application deadline is March 1, 2016.
Remember, vendors are selected based on their adherence to the festival's mission:
"to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community."
Click here to go to the Vendor Page.
Shoppers check out the merchandise at a stocked up booth.
A festival attendee hikes to her next stop along one of the busy trails in Shafer Park.
Youngsters in the Kids Zone anxiously await the start of one of the five puppet shows presented by ECO-BMS, the environmental club from Boonsboro Middle School, under the direction of science teacher Sabrina Blair.
Popular area solo artist Andy Carignan croons a familiar tune during his midday appearance.
Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Vesely (green jacket) checks in youngsters at volunteer headquarters. More than 150 students and adults helped keep things moving at the festival. Those putting in 2 1/2 hours or more received a free t-shirts, donated by sponsoring partners Middletown Valley Bank and Ryan Homes.
Tent Master John Holmes, of Antietam Spirits, describes some of the locally-brewed beers offered up in the Wine & Been Garden. Profits from the sales are donated to the Friends of Shafer Park for the proposed Aquatic & Recreation Center for South Washington County.
Richard and Bette Willson proudly show off the myriad of free trade products in the Ten Thousand Villages tent.
Shoppers take a close look at the Garden Spires display along a busy pathway in Shafer Park.
Having a light-hearted moment are (from left) Hagerstown Mayor David Gysberts, Washington County school board member Justin Hartings, festival co-chair Barbara Wetzel and school board president Donna Brightman.
"Greens" was the topic of conversation at the Farm of Peace booth.
Strung Tight, a duo from Waynesboro, Pa., loosens up festival-goers during the morning session.
Pleasant Valley Ruritan members cook up tasty meals for festival-goers.
Dino Delray & the Compadres belt one out on stage in the afternoon at the 2015 Green Fest.
Brunswick City Council member Ellis Burress (left) and Mayor Karin Tome literally "pitch in" at a resource recovery station.
BOONSBORO, MD (Jan. 1, 2016) - Vendor applications for the eighth annual Boonsboro Green Fest are now being accepted. The popular spring event will be held on Saturday, May 7 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 200 at the May 2015 event. Organizers expect the park to be filled to capacity again this year with vendors and other special features, including a music performance stage, recycling drop-off center, kids zone, food pavilion, wine and beer garden and Eco-friendly transportation display -- a new feature.
Vendors are chosen based on adherence to the Green Fest mission "to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community."
Vendors are listed on the website and in the program brochure based on their themes or products. The categories are: Eco-Home, Eco-Lifestyle, Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening, Conservation & Recycling, Eco-Kids, Clean Energy Options, Health & Wellness, Go Local, and Food & Refreshments.
The Green Fest Committee is the general sponsor of the annual festival, which is planned and produced by volunteers and is financed by modest vendor fees and the generosity of dozens of sponsoring partners. It is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.