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Shaping up for 9th annual

Green Fest committee

readies for May 13 event

BOONSBORO, Md. (April 2017) - The countdown begins for the ninth annual Boonsboro Green Fest, set for Saturday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the town's Shafer Park.

All aspects of the festival are taking shape. The Green Fest Committee is checking off final preparations as the Saturday before Mother's Day fast approaches:

  • 200-plus vendors have been chosen and their locations have been placed on the master map.
  • 69 sponsoring partners have generously extended support through monetary and in-kind donations.
  • 103 vendors and businesses have donated items for the popular Silent Auction, with values listed from $5 to $1,500.
  • Two great local bands -- the Plank Stompers and The Plate Scrapers -- are booked for a continuous concert, with the bands alternating stage time and then coming together for a grand finale.
  • T-shirts have been purchased, thanks to three community-minded businesses, for an expected 150 volunteers who will help with sundry tasks throughout the day. The deadline for applying to become a volunteer is April 30.
  • Families are gathering up their unwanted garments and sports gear in anticipation of swapping them for "new" items at the Clothing & Sports Equipment Swap & Sale. Close to 10,000 items were handled last year.
  • A flier listing all of the recyclables that will be collected in the drive-thru, drop-off Recycling Zone has been distributed to all of the households in the towns of Boonsboro and Keedysville; the same flier will be handed out at the local supermarket a couple weeks before the event. Check out the list here.
  • Posters and bookmarks are being distributed throughout the area.
  • Five new banners have been added, bringing to 68 the number of green banners that have been purchased over the years by sponsors. They will be mounted on all the lampposts along Main Street and in the park prior to the festival.
  • Arrangements have been made for tent rentals and installation, and for a composting company to staff the Resource Recovery Stations, which will handle all the recyclables, compostable materials and trash. All of the food vendors may only offer compostable containers and utensils to their customers.
  • A full day of activities has been scheduled for the Kids Zone, where youngsters will be able to participate in arts and crafts, make a Pledge to the Earth, learn about Geo-caching, plant some flower seeds and see completed exhibits, while listening to their own live entertainment by Tony M. Music, a family-friendly singer-songwriter.
  • Local wineries and brewers will have their products ready to pour in the Wine & Beer Garden. Proceeds go to the Friends of Shafer Park. More than $3,000 has been donated over the last three years.
  • For the second year in a row, exhibitors have been lined up for the Eco-Transportation Zone, where festival-goers will be able to see fuel efficient vehicles up close and personal.
  • For the first time, the Green Fest is sponsoring a photo contest for amateur photographers works that depict Washington County's natural environment. (See separate story below.)
  • Plans for the opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. are taking shape. Popular local radio and television personality Lou Scally will be the Honorary Guest Master of Ceremonies and singer-song writer Tony M. Music, who has performed at the festival almost every year, will lead the singing of "This Land is Your Land", the unofficial theme song of the Green Fest. Local, state and federal officials, along with individuals who have contributed to the success of the Green Fest have been invited to attend.
  • The official program brochure has been written and laid out. The 16-page printed piece will be handed out during the festival. It contains names of all the vendors and their locations in the park, a list of the sponsoring partners, a welcome page, a history of the festival and information about all the activities.
  • The First Hose Company of Boonsboro has again this year allowed the festival to park vehicles in its lot near the corner of North Main and Stouffer. 

The ninth annual festival is produced by the all-volunteer Boonsboro Green Fest Committee and is an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.

                South County landscape

                                                                                                   Photo by Tom Ruhf

Green Fest inaugurates

photography competition


Have you ever taken a picture and said to yourself, "Wow, that's a prize winner"? It just might be if you enter it into the inaugural photo contest sponsored by the Boonsboro Green Fest.


The Green Fest is seeking photographs that highlight the beauty of Washington County's natural environment, such as landscapes, plant life and animal life.

The top three winning submissions will be displayed at the 9th annual  Boonsboro Green Fest on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Boonsboro's Shafer Park.


Judging the contest will be three Hagerstown professional photographers: Dale Swope, the founding owner of Photography by Dale, and the company's current owner, Mary Pat Kelly, along with Monika Wertman of Wertman Photography.


Photos will be judged on subject matter, focus, lighting, composition, creativity and photographic impact.


Photos must be digital and be taken within Washington County, Maryland, by amateur photographers who earn less than half of their income from photography.

Each photo must be accompanied by an entry form and photo release which may be obtained by emailing [email protected]


Only one entry per person will be permitted. All entries must be digitally emailed by May 3, 2017, to: [email protected] No photo may contain images of recognizable people.


The top three printed and framed photos will be displayed throughout the day at the Green Fest and then be presented to the winning photographers.


The contest originator and coordinator is volunteer Tom Ruhf of Rohrersville.



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