Boonsboro bursting with events

May 03, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

BOONSBORO -- As the weather warms up, so does the event calendar. Here are highlights for a busy May in Boonsboro:

Fishing derby

The annual Boonsboro fishing derby will be Saturday, May 8, at the town pond behind Boonsboro Library, which is on Potomac Street.

The derby is for those ages 1 to 12 years.

Registration for ages 1 to 6 is from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and fishing is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Registration for ages 7 to 12 is from 10 to 11 a.m., with fishing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participation in the derby is free. Fishing poles will be available for children who don't have them.

Boonsboro Green Fest

The inaugural Boonsboro Green Fest last year attracted approximately 2,000 people and 85 vendors to Shafer Memorial Park, said Jenny Sarnecki, festival chairwoman. Organizers are expecting more than 100 vendors and at least 2,000 people at this year's festival, which has expanded hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the park.


The festival will feature eco-friendly products, children's activities, crafts, face painting and demonstrations. There will be a gently used clothing swap and sale, a children's book swap and opportunities to recycle a variety of items.

Speakers will talk about trees, recycling, repotting houseplants, clean energy and problems with growing tomatoes.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees can shred documents and dispose of unwanted prescription medications.

Admission and children's activities are free.

For more information, call Sarnecki at 301-432-7035 or go to

National Pike Festival

The National Pike Festival's wagon train will be coming into town Sunday, May 16, arriving at Shafer Memorial Park around 1:30 p.m., according to the festival's website. Weather-permitting, the wagon train will circle for 30 minutes before disassembling.

For details, go to

Boonsboro Carnival

The Great Boonsboro Rescue Co. Carnival opens at 5 p.m. Friday, May 28, and runs through Saturday, June 5, in Shafer Memorial Park. The carnival opens nightly at 5 p.m. with food and amusement rides, though the rides will start early on Sunday, May 30, so families can go to the carnival after the Memorial Day parade, said Dwayne Flook, one of the carnival organizers.

Free nightly concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m., weather-permitting. The performers, starting with the May 28 performance and ending with June 5, are The Legends, Hicktown, The Shades, Easton Corbin, Georgia Lea and Stone Cold Country, The Boro Boogie Pickers, Roll The Dice, The Brandy Stills Band and Sister Mary Elephant.

Fireworks will go off after the June 4 concert. The rain date for the fireworks is June 5.

Tickets for the nights people can ride all night for one price are available at Boonsboro-area Sheetz stores, Flook said.

For more information, call 301-432-6979 or go to

Memorial Day parade

The Memorial Day parade down Main Street will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 30. It will be preceded by a wreath-laying ceremony and memorial service at the World War I monument in front of Town Hall at 1 p.m.

The Boonsboro American Legion Clopper-Michael Post 10 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting the events.

The parade is expected to last an hour to 90 minutes, said Carol Long, secretary for the auxiliary.

The parade starts at the school complex and ends at Reeder's Alley.

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