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Green Fest to promost conservation, recycling and sustainable living

March 07, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • Poster designer Daniel Murphy displays this years Boonsboro Green Fest poster with Green Fest Committee co-chairs Barbara Wetzel (center) and Janeen Solberg. Murphy, owner of DM Designs of Hagerstown, donated the poster design, and printing costs were donated by Cochran Auctioneers & Associates and Bellwether Printing.
Submitted photo

BOONSBORO — — A sports and dance equipment swap, composting demonstrations and compost bin sales are among the new additions planned for this year’s Boonsboro Green Fest, an event organizer said.
The free event promoting conservation, recycling and sustainable living is scheduled for May 7, and as of Friday, 35 vendors and exhibitors had signed up, said Barbara Wetzel, co-chair of the Green Fest Subcommittee of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force.
“People are realizing that this is a very good venue to get the word out about different products and services, and information about how to better take care of our planet, so we’re getting more well-rounded,” Wetzel said.
The event, begun by the recycling task force in 2009, grew to 100 vendors and more than 3,000 attendees last year, and organizers expect to top those numbers this year, Wetzel said.
“The moment one (Green Fest) is over, (the vendors) are ready to come back,” she said.
The deadline for vendors and exhibitors to sign up is April 1.
The committee also is seeking volunteers to help organizers and vendors on the day of the event, Wetzel said. Volunteer sign-up runs through April 23.
Both vendors and volunteers can sign up online at the event website, www.boonsborogreenfest.com.
The site also includes a list of vendors and exhibitors who have signed up so far.
They will present information and products related to conservation and recycling, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and gardening, green homes and living, and health and fitness.
In addition, the festival will feature speakers and demonstrations, a children’s activities area, refreshments and recycling drop-off stations, Wetzel said.
A clothing swap, in which participants drop off clothing and receive vouchers to exchange for other articles of clothing, has been very popular in previous years and will continue, Wetzel said. In addition, a separate swap will be available for children’s sports and dance equipment, she said.
Attendees should also consider bringing unwanted bicycles to donate to Bikes for the World, an organization that refurbishes the bikes and sends them to third-world countries, Wetzel said.

If you go...
What:
Boonsboro Green Fest
When: May 7, 10 a.m to 5 p.m.
Where: Shafer Park, Boonsboro
Free admission. Event will be held rain or shine.

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