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8th annual Green Fest

Saturday in Boonsboro

BOONSBORO, Md. (May 2, 2016) - The town of Boonsboro will play host to its first big outdoor festival of the season Saturday, May 7, when the 8th annual Boonsboro Green Fest starts at 10 a.m. at the conclusion of the opening ceremony.


The event runs until 5 p.m. in beautiful Shafer Memorial Park. Admission and parking are free to the rain-or-shine event.


The festival features 200 eco-friendly vendors, children's activities, live music all day, food, Wine & Beer Garden, drive-thru drop-off recycling zone with two dozen collection stations, the popular clothing and sports equipment swap and sale, and the new Eco-transportation zone, with some of the newest innovations in motor vehicles, as well as some more traditional modes of travel.  

The festival is made possible by the monetary and in-kind donations from 67 sponsors, the modest vendor registration fees and the close to 150 volunteers. A total of 63 green banners, which have been purchased by sponsors since 2011, have been installed on the decorative lampposts along Main Street and park access streets.

The opening ceremony, beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the bandstand, features the singing of "This Land is Your Land" by singer-songwriter Tony M. Music and the introduction of visiting dignitaries, local officials, major festival sponsors and committee members. Author, columnist and humorist Tim Rowland will be the guest master of ceremonies and help out with announcements throughout the day. The Woody Guthrie composition has become the unofficial song of the Green Fest.


Recycling opportunities

The festival offers a convenient way to recycle a wide range of items at two dozen collection stations in the drive-through, drop-off recycling zone set up in the parking lot of the community center. Items will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Items to be collected include electronics, televisions (one per person), bikes, medical equipment, batteries, fluorescent tubes (four-foot, limit of six), plastic buckets, furniture and play equipment, unwanted drugs, metal appliances including air conditioning units and clean block Styrofoam. Free paper shredding will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a limit of four boxes.


A complete list of items to be collected can be found on the festival's website at


Brochures listing all of the items were distributed with the April 1 quarterly utility bills to all the 1,600-plus households in Boonsboro and Keedysville. In addition, many customers of Weis Market in Boonsboro have received the brochure in their shopping bags, in advance of Green Fest.


Clothing Swap and Sale

Volunteers will be working all week to prepare for the huge community Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale in pavilion #1, next to the recycling zone. Residents can drop off items at the Community Center in the park on Tuesday through Friday from 4:30-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 9 a.m.-noon. They will receive vouchers for the number of items donated and be able to redeem the vouchers for the same number of items at Green Fest on Saturday.


Items will also be sold at yard-sale prices to those without vouchers. Some of the donated clothes will be worn in a walk-around fashion show throughout the day to help promote the swap and sale.


All proceeds are donated to Micah's Backpack, a program providing food to school children during weekends. All excess donated clothing items are given to Children in Need of Washington County. Organizers expect to handle at least 12,000 pieces of clothing during the week.


Eco-Transportation Zone

Four Hagerstown car dealers will be showcasing a variety of energy efficient vehicles so festival-goers will have an opportunity to compare side-by-side the various features of the cars in the Eco-Transportation Zone. Participating in the new feature this year are Hagerstown Honda/Kia, Hoffman Chevrolet/Cadillac, Sharrett, Inc. Subaru and Younger Toyota.


In addition to the open-air car display, the zone will also include booths promoting a local bicycle club, a horse-drawn carriage/wagon service and a bicycle/kayak shop.


Wine & Beer Garden

Wines and beers produced locally will be available for purchase in the Wine & Beer Garden from 12 noon to 5 p.m.


Beverages will be poured by: Antietam Brewery of Hagerstown, Big Cork Vineyards of Rohrersville, Boordy Vineyards of Hydes, Md., BP Lesky Distributing of Hagerstown, Brewer's Alley of Frederick, Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, Knob Hall Winery of Clear Spring and Monocacy Brewing Co. of Frederick.


Proceeds are donated to the Friends of Shafer Park and designated for use by the aquatic and recreation center project. The garden was introduced at the 2014 festival, when more than $600 was raised; last year 1,200 was donated to the park fund.


Live Music All Day

Three bands will keep the music going all day on the stage between pavilions 1 and 2:


10:30 a.m.-noon - Cookin' with Fire: Ernie Bradley, Dino Delray and Doug Five create a "Rockin Americana Blend" that draws from bluegrass, blues and rockabilly with a tasty mix of originals. 


12:30-2:30 p.m. - Mountain Ride: This Pennsylvania quintet - vocalists Eric Avey (guitar), Drew Jones (mandolin), Scott Matlock (fiddle) and Kate Avey (bass), with Corey Woodcock, on the banjois, is deeply rooted in bluegrass - with a twist of jam grass and country.


3-5 p.m. - River Run: The soulful harmonies of singers/songwriters Glenn Holcomb, Crissy Tubbs and Mark Rommel bass, deliver a well-rounded performance of rock and blues with a little country.


Food & Refreshments

Some of the items offered by the food vendors in and around the concession pavilion #2, include falafels, apple pie, ice cream, breakfast sandwiches, Greek dishes and salad, pulled pork, German cuisine, ribs, Ruebens, vegetarian and vegan choices, Kombucha beverages, teas and organic juices.


Kids' Zone

Plenty of children's activities are planned all day long in and around the Kids' Zone pavilion, Youngsters will be able to create a Mother's Day card, make a Pledge to the Earth, help create a huge bottle-cap mosaic, plant flower seeds, explore Geo-caching, play Lawn Twister and enjoy the music of Tony M. Music.


In addition, students from Boonsboro, Pleasant Valley and Rockland Woods elementary schools, and Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School will be contributing clever green-themed arts and crafts projects. Art students at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts prepared the mosaic design that the younger children will "color in" with bottle caps. A mosaic is done every other festival and is displayed in the community.


Silent Auction

Almost 100 different items donated by vendors and local businesses will be up for bid in the Silent Auction tent, where festival-goers will have an opportunity to inspect the items and place bids. Three separate auctions are scheduled with winners announced at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Volunteers in Yellow

 The nearly 150 volunteers will be wearing special yellow t-shirts provided by Ryan Homes at Sycamore Run, BodySense Physical Therapy and the Hagerstown-Washington County Visitors and Convention Bureau.


Green Fest Store

This year the official Green Fest t-shirt is blue. The organic cotton shirts made in the USA and the popular reusable water bottles will be on sale at the Green Fest tent across from the concession pavilion for $15 each.


The Green Fest was begun in 2009 on the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend by a small group of Boonsboro residents who were advocating for a town residential curbside recycling program. Seven of the nine original members of the Green Fest Committee have remained active since the first year of the festival, whose mission is "to promote conservation, recycling and sustainable living within our community."


The committee now has 15 members. The Washington County recycling coordinators have been liaisons to the committee and taken part in the planning of each year's event. The festival is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.


For more information, go the Attendees may pick up a free, 16-page program brochure which includes a handy map and location of the vendors.













Park packed full

Green Fest mosaic

needs bottle caps

Yellow, Purple, Pink ones

BOONSBORO, Md.( April 22, 2016) - Youngsters attending the upcoming Boonsboro Green Fest will have a hand in creating a mosaic masterpiece, if, that is, there are enough yellow, purple and pink bottle caps available to complete the huge four-by-eight-foot project.


Todd Geiman's art students at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown are creating the design outline on a large piece of ply board. Children of all ages will be able to glue the colorful bottle caps onto the outline, filling in the spaces much like what would be done when painting a picture-by-numbers project.


The design will be revealed at the eighth annual Green Fest on Saturday, May 7, in the Kids Zone pavilion at Boonsboro Shafer Park. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The mosaic will require more yellow, purple and pink battle caps than are on hand, according to Sean and Leslie Haardt, festival committee members and coordinators of the children's activities for the last several years.


The mosaic project is done every other year at the festival. The last two designs were "The Scream" by Edvard Munch and "Lady with a Parasol" by Edgar Degas.


"If you are one of the many people who saves caps with hopes of reusing them in some fashion, our mosaic project will help you get rid of at least some of them," says Sean Haardt, adding, "The dozens of kids who help complete the mosaic will be grateful."


Clean caps may be dropped off at Turn the Page Bookstore, at 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.


Children will also be able to create a Mother's Day card, make a Pledge to the Earth, plant seeds, explore Geo-caching, play lawn Twister and enjoy the music of singer-songwriter Tony M. Music, who also will be performing at the festival's opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at the bandstand.


Students from Washington County schools will also be displaying clever green-themed arts and crafts projects for youngsters at the Kids' Zone. Participating will be: Kim Brown's art students from Pleasant Valley Elementary, Jordyn Himes' students from Boonsboro Elementary, Sabrina Blair's students from the Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview, and Lorna Burdick's students from Rockland Woods Elementary, in addition to Geiman's BISFA students.  


The Green Fest features 200 Eco-friendly vendors, exhibitors and crafters who will share information about green products and offer demonstrations. In addition to the children's activities, there will be live music, food, a wine and beer garden, a silent auction and a new Eco-transportation zone with vehicles of all kinds.

The popular drive-through, drop-off Recycling Zone in the Community Center parking lot will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature two dozen collection stations for everything from TVs (one per household, no consoles) and electronics, to wine corks, medical equipment, unwanted drugs, bikes, denim, wire clothes hangers, flower pots, batteries of all kinds, shoes, clothing swap including a walk-around fashion show, household goods, appliances, pet supplies, musical instruments and eyeglasses. The free paper shredding service, with a four-box limit per vehicle, will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. only.

Admission is free and there will be free parking in the lot behind the gas station at the corner of North Main Street and Stouffer Avenue. For more information, go to

The all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee is the general sponsor and producer of the annual spring festival, which is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.

200 vendors sign up

for 2016 Green Fest

BOONSBORO, Md. (March 16, 2016) - As predicted, Shafer Park will be filled to capacity for the eighth annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Besides the 200 vendors, the festival will also feature two favorites: the drive-thru drop-off recycling zone with more than two dozen collection stations and the Gently-Used Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap which handled more than 10,000 pieces last year.

There will be fun children's activities all day long, live music by four outstanding regional acts, a food concession pavilion and several food trucks, the Wine & Beer Garden, silent auctions throughout the day, and the introduction of the Eco-Transportation Zone, featuring a display of various modes of travel.

The number "200" is significant, as that is the maximum number of good vendor spaces in the original section of the park. When the old and new sections of the park are connected by an access road, which is in the works, the number of vendors could possibly increase. But, as it stands now, only 200 vendors will comfortably fit.

The all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee plans and produces the annual spring festival, which is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro. A total of 150 volunteers are needed. Volunteers may sign up on line.

Members of the committee are co-chairs Janeen Solberg and Barbara Wetzel, treasurer Laura Schnackenberg, Secretary Kathy Vesely, Renee Elias, Leslie and Sean Haardt, Rosemary James, Amy and Darrell Jones, Dan Murphy, Brigitte Schmidt, Rick Schulman, Susan Simonson, Greg Solberg and Tony Drury, county liaison.

An opening ceremony at the Bandstand will kick off the one-day activities at 9:45 a.m. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Applications available

for May 2016 Green Fest

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 vendor application, as well as forms to volunteer and to become a sponsor, can be found on this website.

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.

2016 About

Recycling Task Force bows out a winner


Green Fest Committee takes over

as general sponsor for fifth year


Shortly after the establishment of the residential curbside recycling program in mid-2012, the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force was phased out, as it had accomplished its primary mission of advocating for the establishment of recycling in the town of 3,300. 


As a consequence, the Boonsboro Green Fest Committee has taken over from the Task Force as the general sponsor of the annual Green Fest.


Serving on the committee are: co-chairs Janeen Solberg and Barbara Wetzel, corresponding secretary Kathy Vesely, treasurer Laura Schnackenberg, and members Rosemary James, Amy Jones, Sean and Leslie Haardt, Frances Lynch, Dan Murphy, Brigitte Schmidt, and Rick Schulman, and county liaison Tony Drury.



Green Fest's original sponsor 

 Boonsboro Recycling Task Force



Editor's Note: Task Force members in 2012 were Chair Rosemary James, Secretary Amy Jones and members Sean and Leslie Haardt, Frances Lynch,  Brigitte Schmidt, Laura Schnackenberg, Janeen Solberg, Kathy Vesely  and Barbara Wetzel. County liaison was Tony Drury. (Bold type indicates founding member)

he Boonsboro Recycling Task Force (BRTF) was created in August 2007 to promote recycling and conservation efforts within the Boonsboro community through service and education.

The initial impetus which put the 10-member Task Force into motion was the loss of the residents' only means of recycling in the community -- a dumpster provided through a Washington County program. The town government had been forced to discontinue hosting the bin because the remote site was being used as a dumping ground for much more than recyclables.

The group's first goal was to work with the town to reinstate the county's recycling bin program by finding a suitable location for the dumpster. That was done in short order, however, it was a different story for the second goal -- a residential curbside recycling collection program for the 1,200 households in town. 


Recycling returned - On Dec. 22, 2007, some four months after that first BRTF meeting, recycling was returned to Boonsboro, as the recycling dumpster was put into operation at a new, more visible site. Two years later, in November 2009, a second dumpster was added to help take care of the overflow at the very busy site near the intersection of Routes 40 and 67. 

A common site at the recycling area before the second dumpster was added. Recycling increased more than 40 percent in 2010, the first full year the site operated with two bins.


To help ensure that the site would not be overrun again with refuse, the members of the BRTF offered to regularly monitor the dumpster site. The group kept its promise and a member visited the site each day for more than two years, until February 2010, when the town government took over monitoring duties on weekdays, with the Task Force checking the site on weekends. 


Recycling increases but still no curbside  - The recycling tonnage at the two dumpsters increased more than 40 percent in 2010, as the additional capacity encouraged more residents to use the facility on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the household waste going into the landfill did not decrease, as  1,200 tons of the town's waste ended up in the county's landfill west of Hagerstown. In 2010, the county charged a $50 tipping fee for each ton deposited in the landfill by a municipality.  The fee was increased to $52 in 2011.


Curbside  program starts   - Almost five years after the Task Force had begun its advocacy efforts, the Town Council approved a curbside recycling program. During the five-year span, three Task Force members were elected to the Council. 


On July 1, 2012, every-other-week recycling collections began, while twice-a-week trash collections were retained. It was hoped that the second year's program could include once-a-week collections for both recycling and trash.



Of the nine municipalities in the county, seven  -- Hagerstown, Boonsboro, Williamsport, Smithsburg, Clear Spring, Keedysville, and Hancock -- have curbside programs.(Washington County provides no curbside recycling services anywhere in the county; households outside of the municipalities are serviced by private haulers only.)


Washington County provides drop-off recycling services at the 40-West Landfill, at staffed transfer stations, but discontinued unstaffed bins, such as the ones that were in Boonsboro, coincidentally, at the same time Boonsboro's curbside program began in July 2012. Residents, who do not live within municipalities offering curbside service, must contract individually with haulers to collect their recycling or take it to the staffed drop-off sites which charge a $35 annual fee to recycle.


Legacy of Outreach & Education

Survey - In late 2007, a door-to-door survey

(Click here to view the survey) was conducted by Task Force members to determine who and how residents were recycling at the time and how many would be interested in the town's starting a curbside recycling program. Of the nearly 500 households surveyed, more than 86 percent were in favor of adding curbside services. The town, however, has not as yet initiated a curbside program. The town's sanitation contract, however, will go out for bids this spring and hopes are high that curbside recycling will be added to the solid waste pickup schedule.

Other community programs

While the BRTF pushed for more recycling services in the town and beyond, members  became involved in other educational and outreach programs to improve the community:

Green Fest - Planning began in early 2009 for the first Boonsboro Green Fest. The day before Mother's Day --  the second Saturday in May -- was selected and members began to work on attracting exhibitors, sponsors and food vendors, and on promoting the event throughout the region. The event was so successful, with 84 vendors and thousands of attendees, that the committee immediately vowed to make it an annual affair. The Task Force acted as the Green Fest's general sponsor the first four years; the Green Fest Committee took over that moniker for the May 11, 2013 event.

Education - Environmental Clubs were started at both Boonsboro High School (March 2008) and Middle School (September 2008). The Middle School club has grown to more than 30 members and has continued to be active in a variety of projects.

Green Cleaning - A demonstration on how to make eco-friendly cleaning products was presented by BRTF founding chairperson  Janeen Solberg to groups throughout the community.



Information - A recycling how-to information sheet (Click here to view the how-to sheet) was produced by the BRTF and distributed throughout the community and mailed with the residents' town utility bills in 2008. A refrigerator magnet detailing what and where to recycle was also distributed.The Task Force produced a flyer listing a wide variety of recyclables being collected by various agencies, groups and individuals throughout the county. Many items are collected each year at the Green Fest's drive-thru, drop-off site.

Special events recycling - BRTF members have collected recyclables during most all of the major events since 2008 in the town's Shafer Park. Initially, the recycling containers were borrowed from a neighboring municipality for each event. The Task Force, however, felt that the town should have its own containers so they would be more accessible. The Mayor and Council agreed and the 15 new containers were debuted at the first annual Green Fest. More containers and other equipment and supplies have been  purchased by the Green Fest Committee.


The special event containers have been used to collect recyclable bottles and cans during all of the major events at the park, at the South Mountain Little League baseball fields on Monroe Road throughout the baseball season and at other special events. The Town buys the special collection bags and the Task Force members set up, monitor and collect the recyclables to be placed in the recycling dumpsters at the Park-n-Ride, next to Thompson Gas. Hundreds of extra-large, see-through bags have been filled with recyclables that otherwise would have ended up in the county landfill.


TREASURES IN 'THEM THAR' LOCKERS - Task Force members Rosemary James (left) and Kathy Vesely sort the contents of the Boonsboro High School lockers during one of the locker clean-outs Kathy initiated at the high school. Hundreds of notebooks, paper, pencils, books and a myriad of other reusable materials have been saved from being dumped in the county landfill. The recovered supplies are then made available to students at no cost. The founder of the school's Environmental Club, Kathy is also served a term as the chair of the Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee, which reported to the County Commissioners. A group of students, earning their Student Service Learning (SSL) hours, collects recyclables each week from the classrooms. 


Report - To let the community know about its goals and accomplishments, the BRTF produced a report (Click here to view the report) of its first year's activities and made a presentation to the Boonsboro Mayor & Council in September 2008. 




LANDFILL TOUR - The Task Force sponsored an eye-opening tour of the Washington County 40 West Landfill in the fall of 2008. County Recycling Coordinator Harvey Hoch (left) led the tour. Harvey retired from his "day job" in early 2010, but he remained an active member of both  the BRTF and the Green Fest Committee through 2012. Committee members have also toured the Montgomery County recycling processing center in Rockville.



Members reach out to help community - Members of the Task Force are very busy with families, work, and other civic, school and religious activities. And the enthusiasm to treat Mother Earth kindly carries over into the community. One of many examples occurred when member Brigitte Schmidt initiated a soccer equipment and clothing swap (see photo below) during the start of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) season in September 2009. More than 30 players were outfitted with gently used cleats and 20 players received soccer balls, while several others received shinguards, socks and shorts. A sports equipment swap joined the clothing swap at the Green Fest in 2011.


SOCCER SWAP - The BRTF and the local youth soccer organization teamed up to sponsor a soccer equipment and clothing swap during two Saturdays in September 2009. Showing off some of the gently used items are (from left) Brigitte Schmidt, a BRTF founding member and originator of the swap, Keith Juedemann, regional commissioner for AYSO, and Paul Kadin, assistant regional commissioner.


BRTF meeting topics varied - The Task Force played host to a wide variety of resource people discussing many topics of interest to the community. Topics have included recycling, solar energy systems, safe food preparation for large gatherings, advantages of purchasing produce from a certified organic farm and how to reduce your carbon footprint. In addition, members and guests have viewed the movie "Trashed" ( during a special movie night.

2016 Volunteers

Volunteer Registration Deadline: April 30, 2017

VOLUNTEER HEADQUARTERS - Kathy Vesely (right), Green Fest volunteer coordinator, talks with some of her charges during a past Green Fest. As many as 150 people of all ages volunteer their time and energy each year to put on the annual event. Kathy, a founding member of the Green Fest Committee, has been the volunteer coordinator all  eight years of the festival. (Photo by Barbara Wetzel)

Volunteers keep Green Fest

going smoothly every year

Many volunteers of all ages give of their time each year to put on the Green Fest.

There are the members of the Green Fest Committee - all volunteers - who work for months planning and coordinating the spring festival each year.

Then there are those who donate their time during the week prior to the event by helping collect and sort items for the massive Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap in the Community Center.

Then there are those who generously donate their time on Green Fest day by performing a variety of chores, including

  • helping vendors set up their booths,
  • passing out festival program guides,
  • carrying signs and announcing program information,
  • helping in the Kid Zone or Recycling Zone,
  • staffing the refuse/recycling/compost stations,
  • parking vehicles in a nearby lot, and
  • helping clean up after closing.

If you have a few hours to spare, sign up to be a volunteer at the ninth  annual Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 13,  2017, and we guarantee you will get more than you give!

Volunteers must register by April 30, 2017. All volunteers, including students needing SSL (Student Service Learning) hours must sign up in advance. Volunteers cannot register the day of the event, according to Kathy Vesely, volunteer coordinator.

Students are busy sorting items for a past Gently-Used Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale

2016 Auction Items

Scroll down to see list of donors

2016 Silent Auction

Prizes big and small

The Silent Auction features donated items from vendors and exhibitors, local businesses and organizations.

Auction items will be displayed in a special small Big Top tent near the Wine & Beer Garden.

Participants can write down bids for items and hope theirs ends up as the highest bids. 

The winners of prizes for the three different auction "flights" will be announced at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. during Green Fest. You must be present to win.

Proceeds from the auction will help defray the cost of producing the Green Fest, including advertising, printing, tent rentals and other supplies.

2016 Silent Auction Donors


A.M.W. Enterprises

Acclivity Creations

Alex Rossino, Author

Alexandra Windsong - Healing, Music & Art

Armel's Woodworking

Art Glass Elements

Baby MoonShine

Beck's Pillow Shop

Bee Landscaping installed


Beneath the Leaf

Black Sparrow Soaps

Blue Eyed Dragonfly

Bluebell Ridge Nursery

Boonsboro Wellness Center


Brewhouse LLC

Bushtail Creek Unique Gifts

Butterfly Bean

Canal View Candles & Barrel Co.

Catseye Studio

Cedar Ridge Soaps

doTerra Essential Oils

Enkore Kids

Even Rose Love

Every Child Ministries

Fabric Friends & St. Marks Episcopal Church, Lappans

Faerie Springs Farm


Four Rebels & a Yankee Sewing

Frannie Phillips Seaglass

Girl Scout Troop 40709

GreenGingerGoods & Sarah's Stitches

Hagerstown Community College

Hospice of Washington County: Boonsboro Community Life Center

Josie's on Main

Kyle's Custom Woodworking

Landscape HMO

Lemongrass Spa

Limekiln Rd Woodworks

Little Green Market

Little Jay's Bows

Little Slick

Lovebug Creations

M&D Art

M&M Recreation

Mama Bear Natural Care

Marcel's Alpine Eatery

Megan Webber

Memory Crafts

Message Monkeys

MF Henna

Millhouse Candles

MOM's Organic Market

Nailed It Pallet Designs

Natural Fusion Hair Studio

Peaceful Glen Metaphysical Solutions

Pineline Poultry & Meats

Primitive Recycle Repurpose Reuse

Recycled Granite Solutions

Reels& Wheels Primitives & River Art


River & Trail Outfitters

Rustic Designs

Sacred Roots

Sarah Scolaro, Birth Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor

Secret Gardens Seeds

Sharrett, Inc.

Shepherd's Spring

Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle

Sherm's Designer Woods

Simply Stated

Sleeping Cats Studio

Sleepy Hollow Lights

South Mountain Dental

South Mountain MicroFARM

St. James Catholic Church

Stony Ridge Farm

Talon Studio


The Cultured Leaf Kombucha

The Herb Connection

The Monarch Alliance

The Parsonage

The Sweet Farm

Three Simple Treasures

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ of Boonsboro

Wee Folk Haus

Weis Markets

Wild & Woolly Beard Clan

Wild Rose Soap Company

Young Living Essential Oils

Younger Toyota

Younique by Jessica Rohrer

2016 Sponsors


Sponsoring Partners help sustain

the Green Fest movement each year

Our generous sponsoring partners and energetic volunteers are the backbone of the annual Green Fest. Without their support, the festival would be impossible to produce.


Sponsors are listed on this webpage and in the program brochure available at the festival. The sponsor categories are:

  • Green Leaf ($500 & up)
  • Gold Leaf ($300-$499)
  • Silver Leaf ($200-$299)
  • Bronze Leaf ($100-$199)
  • Patron ($10 to $99) (May not be listed in printed brochure)
  • Lamp-post Banner Sponsor ($175 each)

If you would like to make a donation of any kind to the Green Fest, please fill out the Sponsor Form and mail it with your donation to:

   Boonsboro Green Fest

   PO Box 64

   Boonsboro, MD 21713-0064.

You may also donate Silent Auction items by filling out the Sponsor Form.  All proceeds from the auction help defray the cost of producing the Green Fest.

We are grateful for all who contribute time, energy, funds and services to make the festival one of the most successful annual Eco-friendly events in the region.

                    Thank you to our Green Fest friends,

                    A grateful Green Fest Committee

                     Janeen Solberg & Barbara Wetzel, Co-Chairs
                     Laura Schnackenberg, Treasurer - Food Concessions
                     Kathy Vesely, Corresponding Secretary - Volunteers
Renee Elias - Logistics Management 

                     Leslie & Sean Haardt - Kid Zone Co-Chairs
                     Rosemary James - Festival Information Tent
                     Amy & Darrell Jones - Recycling Zone & Post-fest Event
                     Dan Murphy - Graphic Designer
                     Brigitte Schmidt - Clothing Swap
                        Rick Schulman - Parking
Susan Simonson - Eco-Transportation Zone
Greg Solberg - Recycling Zone
Anthony Drury, County Liaison


Lamp-post banners adorn the town

                                                            Photo by Barbara Wetzel

Town employees Greg Huntsberry (left) and David Lewis carefully install a sponsor's Green Fest banner to a lamp-post in front of Inn BoonsBoro at the Town Square in preparation for Green Fest Week. Banners are displayed for a couple weeks leading up to the Saturday festival. There are fewer than 10 lamp-posts spaces left to fill for the 2016 festival. Banners are used from year to year until they wear out.

Town is decked out

with sponsor banners

during Green Fest Week

Sponsors purchase a lamp-post banners once and have their names displayed each year during Green Fest Week ...  for as long as the banners remain in good condition. The banners are attached to the decorative lamp posts throughout Boonsboro.

All of the 63 lamp posts on Main Street, along Park Drive, and inside both sections of Shafer Park will be decorated with the green banners this year.

Sponsoring Partners

($500 & up)

Michele Shaffer, CPA

Brochure underwriter


BodySense PT

Volunteer T-shirt underwriter

Ryan Homes

Volunteer T-shirt underwriter

MOM's Organic Market

Hagerstown/Washington County

Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB)

Marketing funding & Volunteer T-shirt underwriter

Antietam Cable TV
Music & Stage underwriter

Spoonire Auto Service
Eco-Transportation Zone underwriter

Reese's Home Improvement
Eco-Transportation Zone underwriter

GOLD LEAF ($300-$499)

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS)

Antietam Spirits
Wine & Beer Garden underwriter

Turn the Page Bookstore
Bookmark & Paper Shredder underwriter

DM Designs
Graphic design services


Bellwether Printing

Printing services

Cronise Corp.

Kids' Zone underwriter


Eby's Garage

King Road Associates - Sycamore Run

Boordy Vineyards
Wine & Beer Garden underwriter

Big Cork Vineyards

Wine & Beer Garden underwriter


Cochran Auctioneers & Associates
Poster underwriter

Natural Fusion Hair Studio

Flynn & Son Electric
301-790-1632 (email)

Donna Brightman, Horticultural Consultant
Music & Stage underwriter

(Photo by Barbara Wetzel)

2016 Lamp-post Banners ($175 each)

Dan's Restaurant & Tap House

Bee Landscaping

Bonnie's at The Red Byrd (Facebook)

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS)
DM Designs


BRONZE LEAF ($100-$199)

Bee Landscaping

Cedar Ridge Soaps

BoonsboroBuckets (Facebook)

Shepherd's Spring

Catseye Studio (email)
Washington County Farm Bureau - Ag Literacy Unit
Goodwill Car Donation
Millennium 3 Energy
Milestone Solar Consultants
Talon Studio
Canal View Candle & Barrel Co. (Facebook)
Larry & Sons (
Jason A. Malott, Register of Wills of Washington County
Dr. Sunil Thadani, MD, FACS - Maryland Vision Center
DKI Services
Antietam Brewery
BP Lesky Distributing Co. 301-7330787
Brewer's Alley
Flying Dog Brewery
Knob Hall Winery
Monocacy Brewing Co.

($10 to $99)

Boonsboro Historical Society (

Sherm's Designer Wood (email)

Millhouse Candles

Terressentials Organic

Josie's on Main

Boonsboro Wellness Center

NutriGrown LLC

Inn BoonsBoro

Vesta Pizzeria & Family Restaurant

Fit In BoonsBoro

Gifts Inn BoonsBoro

Acclivity Creations

MF Henna

Kinderdance by Olga

Blue Ridge Creations (Facebook)

Kelly Moore Sheds

Faerie Springs Farm

Soap Du Jour (email)

63 Lamppost Banners

All Sponsors from 2011-16

Number of banners in parenthesis ( )

 AC&T (2), Antietam Spirits (1), Bee Landscaping (3), BodySense Physical Therapy (3), Bonnie's at The Red Byrd (2), Boonsboro Recycling Task Force (3), Cronise Corp. General Contractors (2), Dan's Restaurant & Tap House (4), Diagnostic Imaging Services - DIS (1), DM Designs (1), Donna Brightman (3), Eby's Garage (1), Enkore Kids (2), Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village (1), First Hose Co. of Boonsboro (1), Fit In BoonsBoro (4), Gifts Inn BoonsBoro (1), Gratzer Graphics LLC (1), High Tech Powder Coating (3), Inn BoonsBoro (2) Josie's on Main (1), Town of Keedysville (1), Michele R. Shaffer, CPA (1), Natural Fusion Hair Studio (1), Reese's Home Improvement (3), Renewable Energy Solar (1), Ryan Homes at Sycamore Run (1), South Mountain Creamery (1), South Mountain MicroFARM (1), Spoonire Auto Service (1), Thompson Gas (4), Town of Boonsboro (1), Town of Keedysville (1), Turn the Page Bookstore (1) Valley Co-Op (1), Vesta Pizzeria & Family Restaurant (2), Your Comfort Services (1)

Silent Auction Donors

(Please go to Auction Page)


2016 Vendors

(Vendors A-Z: Scroll All the Way Down)



Clean Energy Options

Conservation & Recycling

Eco Home

Eco Kids

Eco Lifestyle

Eco Transportation

Go Local

Health & Wellness

Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening


Wine & Beer Garden


Open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

More than two dozen collection stations will be set up in the Community Center parking lot. Save up recyclable items listed below and drop them off when you arrive at Shafer Park for the 8th annual Green Fest on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Recyclables (Collector/Destination)

Appliances [working] & furniture (ReStore of Hagerstown)

Batteries - rechargeable & non-rechargeable (Washington County Recycling)

Bikes helmets/tires/tubes & sewing machines (Bikes for the World)

Books, magazines, textbooks & encyclopedias (Booksavers)

Building materials, electrical, plumbing (ReStore of Hagerstown)

Canning jars (Green Fest Committee)

Car seats - no metal frames (Apple Valley Waste)

Cardboard, paper, glass, metal & #1-7 plastics (Apple Valley Waste)

CDs & DVDs - no cases (Frederick Co. Public Schools - Tech Ed. Dept.)

Clothing & sports equipment (Green Fest Clothing Swap)

Computers, monitors, computer items for recycling (Horizon Goodwill)

Crayons - wrappers on (Green Fest Committee)

Egg Cartons - must be clean; no Styrofoam (Green Fest Committee)

Eyeglasses & cases (Boonsboro Lions Club)

Fluorescent tubes [4-ft., limit of 6] & CFL bulbs (Green Fest Committee)

Gift cards, store cards, credit cards - may be shredded (Green Fest Committee)

Ink Cartridges, cell phones, handheld electronics (Green Fest Committee)

Paper shredding [limit 4 boxes] 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ONLY (Turn the Page Bookstore/All-Shred)

Pet supplies: beds, crates, towels, rugs, food (Washington County Humane Society)

Plastic bags/film [stretchy plastic] & plastic cardboard (Washington County Recycling)

Plastic buckets & Rubbermaid containers (Apple Valley Waste)

Plastic flower pots & nursery trays (Cat's Paw Organic Farm)

Plastic furniture, children's playground, i.e. Little Tykes, etc. (Apple Valley)

Prescription & over-the-counter medications (Boonsboro Police Department)

Prescription bottles with labels removed (Green Fest Committee)

Scrap metal, appliances, i.e. AC units & refrigerators (Conservit)

Shoes, boots, flip-flops, skates, etc. - no holes, pairs only (Green Fest Committee)

Sneakers - all brands, any condition (Nike)

Styrofoam: clean block pieces only (Washington County Recycling)

Toothbrushes & empty toothpaste tubes (Terracycle)

TVs [one/person] & electronics (Washington County Recycling/UNICOR)

Used denim - jeans, jackets, etc. (Blue Jeans Go Green)

Wheelchairs, walkers, metal crutches & canes (Joni & Friends/Wheels for the World)

Wine corks [but synthetic corks go in #7 plastic recycling] (MOM's Organic Market)

Wire clothes hangers - clean with no rust (Keefauver Dry Cleaners)


  KEY: P1 - Pavilion 1

            P2 - Pavilion 2

            P3 - Pavilion 3

            P4 - Pavilion 4

            ET Zone - Eco-Transportation Zone

            WBG - Wine and Beer Garden

VENDOR                                  ___                LOCATION IN PARK

1treeyoga                                                                             135

3 Barrels 4 YNO                                                         Food Truck

Acclivity Creations                                                                124

Alex Rossino, author                                                             134

Alexandra Windsong                                                             169

American Chestnut Foundation, Maryland Chapter                   140

Antietam Brewery                                                                WBG

Aquabarrel Rain Barrel                                                            126

Armel's Woodworking                                                               95

Art Glass Elements                                                                  94

Authentic Sea Glass Jewelry                                                      4

AYA                                                                                      117

Baby MoonShine                                                                     82

Baltimore Tea Company                                                           P2

Barbara Swanhart, Realtor                                                       111

Basil_vintage                                                                           17

Shifrah's Sisters Holistic Birth Services                                    118

Bee Landscaping, LLC                                                            145

Bellwethers                                                                             51

Beneath the Leaf                                                                     45

Big Cork Vineyards                                                              WBG                                                                          146

Black Sparrow Soaps                                                                62

Blessed with Baby                                                                    80

Blue Eyed Dragonfly                                                                129

Blue Ridge Creations                                                                 71

Bluebell Ridge Nursery                                                               20

BodySense PT                                                                          14       

Boonsboro Environmental Commission                                        21

Boonsboro Free Library                                                              54

Boonsboro Green Fest Committee                                              21

Boonsboro Trunks                                                                  23-4

Boonsboro Wellness Center                                                      13

BoonsboroBuckets                                                                     7

Boordy Vineyards                                                                 WBG

BP Lesky Distributing Co.                                                     WBG

Brew'd Pub                                                                  Food Truck

Brewers Alley                                                                       WBG

Brunswick Food Forest                                                            155

Bum de Yada Diapers and Baby Gear                                       121

Bushtail Creek Unique Gifts                                                     131

Butterfly Bean                                                                         116

Canal View Candle & Barrel Co.                                                 1-2

Cat's Paw Organic Farm                                                          27-8

Catseye Studio Home Composting                                            130

Cedar Ridge Soaps                                                                  110

Clustered Spires Quilt Guild                                                      165

Common Market                                                                       112

Cultured Leaf                                                                             77

Cumberland Valley Cycling Club                                         ET Zone

Diagnostic Imaging Services                                                      73

DM Designs                                                                           147

doTerra Essential Oils                                                               81

Echo Consignments                                                               123

Enkore Kids                                                                           133   

Even Rose Love                                                                        19

Every Child Ministries                                                              122

Fabric Friends & St. Mark's Episcopal Church                           106

Faerie Springs Farm                                                                157

Falafel Shack                                                                          P2

Farm of Peace                                                                         65

Flying Dog Brewery                                                              WBG

Four Rebels & a Yankee Sewing                                                63

Girl Scout Troop #40709                                                            89

Glass Garden                                                                           70

Glory Energy Solutions                                                            125

GmaJanisew                                                                             60

Gray Wolf Walking Sticks                                                        138

Green Fest Community Clothing Swap                                       P1

GreenGingerGoods & Sarah's Stitches                                       57

Hagerstown Community College                                              163

Hagerstown Honda                                                            ET Zone

Happy Pappy Hardware                                                          34-5

Herb Connection                                                              78 & P2

Hodgepodge                                                                            64

Hoffman Chevrolet Cadillac                                                ETZone

Holistic Therapies                                                                  168

Hospice of Washington County                                                 52

Joelle's Essentials                                                                   33

Josie's on Main                                                                      8-9

Kelly Moore Sheds                                                                 127

Kids Zone Crafts and Pledge to the Earth                                  P3

Kinderdance by Olga                                                                83

Knob Hall Winery                                                                WBG 

Kyle's Custom Woodworking                                                102-3

Landscape HMO                                                                    113

Larry and Sons                                                                    142-3

Lemongrass Spa Products                                                        16

Limekiln Road Woodworks                                                      137

Little Green Market                                                                 114

Little Jay's Bows                                                                      48

Little Slick                                                                               93

Lovebug Creations                                                                 37-8

M&D Gift Art                                                                            31

Mama Bear's Natural Care                                                       115

Marcel's Alpine Eatery                                                  Food Truck

Marsh Farm Designs                                                             39-40

Maryland Department of the Environment                                   149

Maryland Satsang Society                                                       119

Megan Webber's Plants and Herbs                                           5-6

Memory Crafts and Toys                                                       150-2

Message Monkeys                                                                  88

Metamorphosis                                                                       91

MF Henna                                                                             120

Michelle VanMetre: For the Sake of Christ                               159

Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing                                                     101

Milestone Solar                                                                     158

Millennium 3 Energy                                                                26

Miller's Music Instruction                                                          86

Millhouse Candles                                                                 144

MOM'S Organic Market                                                           15

Monarch Alliance                                                                    90

Monocacy Brewing Co.                                                       WBG

Moonshine Forge                                                                    59

Mountain View Solar                                             Near Kids Zone              

Mt. Nebo UMC                                                                       P2

Nailed It Pallet Design                                                             32

Nappie Pies                                                                           P2

Natural Fusion Hair Studio                                                       22

Norwex                                                                                 100

NutriGrown, LLC                                                                 98-99

Open Book Farm                                                                   166

Outdoor School of Washington County                                     P3

Parsonage Handmade Soap                                                     44

Peaceful Glen Metaphysical Solutions                                      12

Pineline Poultry and Meats                                                    156

Pleasant Valley Ruritan Club                                                   P2

Potomac Valley Audubon Society                                           132

Presents Past & Todd Geiman's Vegan Pottery                        154

Primitive Recycle Repurpose Reuse                                         96

Raven Rock Spring Farms                                                       58

Reels & Wheels                                                                     36

Regenerate                                                                             67

Renaissance Lavender                                                              3

River and Trail Outfitters                                                      Infield

Rocky Bottom Farm                                                           42-43

Rustic Design                                                                        41

Sacred Roots                                                                        50

Sarah Scolaro, Doula                                                             87

Secret Gardens Seeds                                                           46

Sharrett Auto                                                                ET Zone

Shepherd's Spring, Inc.                                                        128

Shepherdstown Pedal and Paddle                                  ET Zone

Sherm's Designer Wood                                                        29

Sierra Club Catoctin Group                                                    55

Silver Kat                                                                             25

Simply Stated                                                                   74-5

Sleeping Cats Studio                                                            68

Sleepy Hollow Lights                                                           139

Smart Egg                                                                           85  

SolarCity                                                                            108

South Mountain Creamery                                         Food Truck

South Mountain Dental                                                          76

South Mountain MicroFARM                                                 141

Sports and Dance Equipment Swap                                       P1

St. Catherine's Eastern Orthodox                                          P2

St. James Catholic Church                                                   P2

St. Paul's Episcopal Church                                                153

Stony Ridge Farm                                                                30

Sweet Farm                                                                       167

Talon Studio                                                                        56

Ten Thousand Villages                                                         92

Terressentials                                                                      69

Three Simple Treasures                                                      160     

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ                                53

Triple R Livery                                                             ET Zone

Tri-State Astronomers                                                  P3 area

Under the Same Sun                                                            11

University of Maryland Extension-Master Gardeners               49

Valley Co-op of Washington County                                      84

Vija's Jewelry and Glass                                                      61

Viridian Energy                                                                   10

Volunteer Zone                                                                  107

Wash. Co. Dept. of Social Services                                      66

Wash. Co. Div. of Environmental Mgmt.                            161-2

Washington County Farm Bureau Unit                          P4 area

Washington County Forestry Board                                     47

Washington County Health Department                               72 

Wee Folk Haus                                                                 18

Weis Markets of Boonsboro                                              105

Western Maryland Solar                                                   164

Whiskey Bottom Candles                                                 148

Wild & Wooly Beard Clan                                                 136

Wild Rose Soap Co.                                                          79

Wood Eye Wood Products                                               109     

Young Living Essential Oils                                                 97

Younger Toyota                                                         ET Zone

Younique                                                                         104


KEY:    P1 - Pavilion 1

            P2 - Pavilion 2

            P3 - Pavilion 3

            P4 - Pavilion 4

            ET Zone - Eco-Transportation Zone

            WBG - Wine and Beer Garden





2016 BGF Gear

  2016 Green Fest poster

  Designed by Daniel Paul Murphy

Green Fest tee-shirts & water bottles

Sky-blue t-shirts and reusable metal water bottles will be available for sale at the tent that the Green Fest Committee shares with the Boonsboro Environmental Commission on the day of the festival.

Both the t-shirts and bottles are priced at $15 each.

The tent will be located near the footbridge closest to the concession pavilion.

This year's poster design is again created by local artist and graphic designer Daniel Paul Murphy and is carried over in the design of both items. It signifies how important recycling is to being good stewards of the Planet Earth.

2016 Recycling Zone

Working in the Recycling Zone

Harvey Hoch (top photo, left) and Jack Nerlinger rest after loading up sets of encyclopedias in the Recycling Collection Zone during a past Green Fest, while Rick Schulman (bottom) packs up some of the collected electronic recyclables. The Community Center parking lot serves as the Recycling Zone for the day-long event. Volunteers are needed all day to receive and pack recyclables. (Photos by Barbara Wetzel)


Open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

More than two dozen collection stations will be set up in the Community Center parking lot. Save up recyclable items listed below and drop them off when you arrive at Shafer Park for the 8th annual Green Fest on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Recyclables (Collector/Destination)

Appliances [working] & furniture (ReStore of Hagerstown)

Batteries - rechargeable & non-rechargeable (Wash. Co. Recycling)

Bikes helmets/tires/tubes & sewing machines (Bikes for the World)

Books, magazines, textbooks & encyclopedias (Booksavers)

Building materials, electrical, plumbing (ReStore of Hagerstown)

Canning jars (Green Fest Comm.)

Car seats - no metal frames (Apple Valley Waste)

Cardboard, paper, glass, metal & #1-7 plastics (Apple Valley Waste)

CDs & DVDs - no cases (Frederick Co. Public Schools - Tech Ed. Dept.)

Clothing & sports equipment (Green Fest Clothing Swap in Pavilion #1)

Computers, monitors, computer items for recycling (Horizon Goodwill)

Crayons - wrappers on (Green Fest Comm.)

Egg cartons - must be clean; no Styrofoam (Green Fest Comm.)

Eyeglasses & cases (Boonsboro Lions Club)

Fluorescent tubes [4-ft., limit of 6] & CFL bulbs (Green Fest Comm.)

Gift cards, store cards, credit cards - may be shredded (Green Fest Comm.)

Ink Cartridges, cell phones, handheld electronics (Green Fest Comm.)

Paper shredding [limit 4 boxes] 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. ONLY (Turn the Page Bookstore/All-Shred)

Pet supplies: beds, crates, towels, rugs, food (Wash. Co. Humane Soc.)

Plastic bags/film [stretchy plastic] & plastic cardboard (Wash. Co. Recycling)

Plastic buckets & Rubbermaid containers (Apple Valley Waste)

Plastic flower pots & nursery trays (Cat's Paw Organic Farm)

Plastic furniture, children's playground, i.e. Little Tykes, etc. (Apple Valley)

Prescription & over-the-counter medications (Boonsboro Police Depart.)

Prescription bottles with labels removed (Green Fest Comm.)

Scrap metal, appliances, including AC units & refrigerators (Conservit)

Shoes, boots, flip-flops, skates, etc. - no holes, pairs only (Green Fest Comm.)

Sneakers - all brands, any condition (Nike)

Styrofoam: clean block pieces only (Wash. Co. Recycling)

Toothbrushes & empty toothpaste tubes (Terracycle)

TVs [one/person] & electronics (Wash. Co. Recycling/UNICOR)

Used denim - jeans, jackets, etc. (Blue Jeans Go Green)

Wheelchairs, walkers, metal crutches & canes (Joni & Friends/Wheels for the World)

Wine corks [but synthetic corks go in #7 plastic recycling] (MOM's Organic Mkt.)

Wire clothes hangers - clean with no rust (Keefauver Dry Cleaners)

Please go to ARCHIVES for recycling information

from Green Fests in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014


2016 Clothing Swap

Swap & Sale more popular each year

8th Annual Gently-used Clothing

& Sports Equipment Swap & Sale

Have lots of clothes in those closets and drawers just taking up space?  Kids outgrown their clothes again?   How about soccer cleats?   Be sure to attend the annual Gently Used Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap & Sale held in conjunction with Green Fest.

Here's How It Works:

The week before Green Fest, you may drop off clean, gently-used clothing of any size (infant - adult) and gently used sports equipment at the Community Center in Shafer Park.  Earn a credit for each piece you drop off. Please do not drop-off clothing with stains, holes, or tears.

On the day of Green Fest, take the credit vouchers to the Green Fest swap in Pavilion #1 and choose an equal number of pieces. Items may also be swapped during the Green Fest, but it is preferable if the clothing is received in advance so items can be sorted appropriately.

Clothes should be folded and in bags labeled with the donor's name. Those with nothing to swap may purchase clothing at yard-sale prices (50 cents each). Donation tax receipts are available upon request.

All clothing not swapped or sold will be donated to Children in Need, Inc. of Washington County.  All monetary proceeds will be donated to Micah's Backpack, which provides nutritious meals and snacks to hungry kids during weekends when they don't have access to meals at school.  

Want to volunteer?

We can always use volunteers, including high school students looking for SSL (Student Service Learning) hours.  Click here for volunteering information.

More about THE SWAP

The Gently Used Clothing and Sports Equipment Swap & Sale has been in operation since the first Green Fest in May 2009.  The Swap will occupy Pavilion #1, next to the Recycling Zone parking lot, during this year's Green Fest on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Every year the Swap gets bigger and bigger. Last year more than 10,000 pieces of clothing were swapped. Again this year, organizers predict that at least 10,000 pieces will be swapped or donated.


With all those items to be sorted into sizes, you can only imagine how much work must be done in advance of the Saturday swap and sale. So, organizers begin accepting items in the Community Center at Shafer Park four days during the week prior to the festival: Tuesday through Friday, May 3-6, from 4:30-8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Click here for a flyer, suitable for posting.


Local churches and the Town of Boonsboro make this event possible by donating collection space for a full week before the Green Fest.


A number of church groups and local nonprofits, led by a group of area moms, assist with collecting, sorting and selling items.  Organizations taking part in the project over the years have included: St. James Catholic Church, St. Agnes Catholic Church, a local Cub Scout troop, Boonsboro High School National Junior Honors Society, Benevola United Methodist Church, Boonsboro Green Fest Committee, and many individuals, including scores of students.


Everyone involved benefits from the swap:

  • Citizens feel good about cleaning out their closets and donating reusable items. 
  • Moms who must clothe their growing youngsters can swap outgrown clothing for "new" wardrobes  at no charge.
  • Adults of all shapes and sizes can shop for needed items either by swapping unwanted items or buying items for 50 cents each.
  • Volunteers feel good by sorting, folding and organizing the clothing. 
  • Students volunteers are eligible for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours.


Proceeds from the sale of items are donated to Micah's Backpack to be used in a program that reaches children from area elementary schools whose families experience trouble in providing meals over the weekend when the youngsters are not in school. The program is part of the services provided by the South County Food Bank.


Items that are leftover are donated to Children In Need, Inc. of Washington County, a non-profit organization providing local children the necessities needed for learning.


The popularity of the clothing swap sparked the addition of a Sports Equipment Swap, which is run concurrently with the clothing swap.


Tax receipts are available for donations.


2016 Events

Green Fest 2016 Schedule

Opening Ceremony

(9:45 a.m. at the Bandstand)

Author/humorist Tim Rowland

We are pleased to have Tim Rowland -- noted author, humorist and Herald-Mail columnist -- as our Honorary Guest Master of Ceremony for our Opening Ceremony again this year. (Tim also led off the festivities at the fourth annual Green Fest in 2012.)

The ceremony will feature the introduction of special guests and the Green Fest Committee. It will begin
at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Bandstand.

Highlighting the ceremony will be the singing of "This Land is Your Land" led by singer-songwriter Tony M. Music. The Woody Guthrie masterpiece, made even more popular by the late, great Pete Seeger, is the unofficial theme song of Green Fest.

Tony, who has performed at many of the Green Fests down through the years, can also be seen throughout the day in the Kids' Zone. (See photo below.) Please be sure to stop by to hear some of his original compositions.

 Kids Zone

(Pavilion #3 and vicinity)

Tony M. Music entertains

all day in the Kids Zone.

Kids, get ready for some fun, games & music!

Plenty of children's activities are scheduled all day long. Youngsters can participate in many fun and educational activities in and around the Kids Zone pavilion, including:

Students from five Washington County schools will also be bringing clever green-themed arts and crafts projects for youngsters of all ages. Participating will be:

Kids glue some mosaic caps.


Silent Auction

(In tent next to the Wine & Beer Garden)

  Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up and place your bids on some very fine Eco-friendly merchandise and services.

  Browse through the tent, jot down your bid and hope yours is the highest bid when winners are announced.

   The Green Fest Committee appreciates the generosity of the vendors and other local businesses who donated items for the auction, which helps raise funds to support the festival.


Underwritten by
Antietam Cable TV
Donna Brightman, Horticultural Consultant

  (Stage located near picnic tables and Wine & Beer Garden tent)
A variety of music will be presented all day on the covered stage --  next to the Wine & Beer Garden and in front of the large grouping of picnic tables near the food pavilion -- and broadcast over the park's sound system throughout the park.

Cookin' with Fire

10:30 a.m.-12 noon - Cookin' with Fire: Ernie Bradley and Dino Delray founded the band which is based on common musical influences. The combo creates a "Rockin Americana Blend" that draws from bluegrass, blues, rockabilly and more, with a tasty mix of originals.  Doug Five, a multi-instrumentalist rounds out the band


Mountain Ride

12:30-2:30 p.m. - Mountain Ride: This Pennsylvania quintet fancies progressive and traditional music, with sound deeply rooted in bluegrass - with a twist of jam grass and country. Members are vocalists Eric Avey (guitar), Drew Jones (mandolin), Scott Matlock (fiddle) and Kate Avey (bass), along with Corey Woodcock on the banjo. The band is currently busy writing and recording its first album. Stand by.


3:00-5:00 p.m. - River Run: The soulful harmonies of singers/songwriters Glenn Holcomb, Crissy Tubbs and Mark Rommel meld rich melody with intense instrumental solos on guitars, dobro and bass, along with percussion instruments in delivering a well-rounded performance of rock and blues with a little country.


Tony M. Music

10 a.m.-5 p.m. - Tony M. Music, songwriter-singer from Martinsburg, W.Va., has a perfect repertoire for the family-oriented Green Fest. He will be entertaining the youngsters (and the adults) in and around the Kids Zone pavilion throughout the day.

2016 Homepage

   2016 Boonsboro Green Fest Opening Ceremony

Photo by Ana Solberg

Festivities get under way

The rain took a break as blue skies and blue t-shirts came out for eighth annual Boonsboro Green Fest at Shafer Park on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Close to 5,000 attended the day-long event. The opening ceremony at the Bandstand was delayed because some of the attendees, including master of ceremonies Tim Rowland, Herald-Mail columnist, were delayed because of a traffic accident on I-70.

Pictured (above) at the ceremony are (first row, from left) committee members (in blue shirts) Sean Haardt, Laura Schnackenberg and Amy Jones, Rowland, committee members Barbara Wetzel and Rosemary James, and Mark Widmyer, the governor's Western Maryland coordinator; (second row) committee members Renee Elias and Kathy Vesely, Washington County Commissioner Jeff Cline, Brunswick Mayor Karin Tome and committee member Janeen Solberg; (third row) committee member Brigitte Schmidt, Boonsboro council member Cindy Kauffman, sponsor Shannon Murphy of BodySense PT, Congressman John Delaney's representative Caitlin Ainge', Washington County Board of Education president Donna Brightman and sponsor JoAnne Grove of Turn the Page Bookstore; (fourth row) Boonsboro town manager Megan Clark, Boonsboro assistant mayor Howard Long, Boonsboro police chief Chuck Stanford, Boonsboro Middle School principal Gary Willow and Brunswick city council member Ellis Burress; and (back row) Charles "Skip" Kauffman, Washington County register of wills Jason Malott, county treasurer Todd Hershey, Boonsboro Economic Development Commission chair Dick Keesecker, Hagerstown mayor David Gysberts and Kai Hagen of Envision Frederick and former Frederick County commissioner.

Committee members not pictured included Leslie Haardt, Darrell Jones, Dan Murphy, Rick Schulman, Susan Simonson, Greg Solberg and county liaison Tony Drury, recycling coordinator, who were busy working in the park as the festival got under way.

The opening program that kicked off the all-day event included the singing of "This Land is Your Land", led by area singer-songwriter Tony M. Music. The Woody Guthrie song has been adopted by the Boonsboro Green Fest Committee as the festival's unofficial theme song.

Both Congressman Delaney and U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski sent resolutions of congratulations to the committee. New Washington County commissioner Wayne Keefer did not arrive in time for the ceremony due to the traffic accident.


Scenes from the 2016

Boonsboro Green Fest

Committee member Greg Solberg hoist a load of Styrofoam.

Tony M. Music & committee member Sean Haardt entertain youngsters in the Kids' Zone. Sean and his wife Leslie, also a committee member, have co-chaired the children's activities for the last several years.