Green Fest committee
readies for May 13 event
BOONSBORO, Md. (April 2017) - The countdown begins for the 9th annual Boonsboro Green Fest, set for May 13 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:
South County landscape
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.
9th Green Fest
BOONSBORO, Md. (January 2017) - Vendor applications are being accepted for the 9th annual Boonsboro Green Fest to be held on Saturday, May 13 in Boonsboro's Shafer Park.
Applications may be submitted up until the March 15 deadline, however, prospective vendors who apply by March 1 will pay only $25 for a space; the fee doubles for applications received from March 2 to 15.
The spring festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturday before Mother's Day. An opening ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the bandstand.
Organizers expect the park to be filled to capacity with 200 vendors for the third year in a row, so vendors are urged to apply as soon as possible before all the spaces are taken. The first Green Fest in 2009 drew 84 vendors.
The festival will also feature live music all day long, recycling drop-off center, kids zone, food pavilion, and a wine and beer garden. Proceeds from the garden go directly to the Friends of Shafer Park and are dedicated to the future swimming pool project.
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.
The vendor application, as well as forms to volunteer and to become a sponsor, can be found on this website. Forms are also available at Boonsboro Town Hall, 21 N. Main St., or by sending a request for a form to: Boonsboro Green Fest, PO Box 64, Boonsboro, MD 21713.
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. It is also an official event of the Town of Boonsboro.