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    Wow, what else can we say about the 2nd annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party. The people of Purcellville and our neighbors from surrounding communities came out in droves to party in Old Town Saturday night and had a awesome time.

    The costumes were a sight to see in the crowd of 5,000, and many went home with cash prizes and trophies for their effort.
    We must thank the following companies and organizations for without their support we would never have pulled this off. First and foremost thank you to the Town of Purcellville, Mayor Bob Lazaro, Town Manager Rob Lohr, the town council and Mitch from Public Works. Whatever we asked, the Town for they provided it.

    The list goes on : the Purcellville Business Association and President Jim Bowman for handling the finances and getting the word out to potential sponsors; Improv Comedy group “Last Ham Standing” for a hilarious show, Dave Levinson of for the most creative art and poster design; Scott Kinney of Shamrock Music Shoppe for organizing the live music and Ben Weber, publisher of the Purcellville Gazette for MC-ing like a pro! Much gratitude to our costume contest judges: Mayor Bob Lazaro, Loudoun County Supervisor Janet Clarke (Blue Ridge District), Chief of Police Darryl Smith, and Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan.

    Some tough decisions you had to make. A big thanks to all the sponsors for their monetary support; Giant for taking on the main sponsorship, Butterfly Gourmet, Middleburg Bank, Piper Dan’s Keltic Shoppe,Market Burger & Fries, Atoka Properties, Boodacades BBQ, Casper Insurance Group, Bank of Clarke County, Purcellville Gazette, Zicht & Associates,PLC, Chapman Group, Mark Nelis, P.A., Tony Hudimac, CPA, Dr. Annette Hudler, Magnolias at the Mill, Ken Nichols & Nichols Hardware ( for the use of your parking lot and electricity), Dental Smiles, TMG Construction,Loudoun Veterinary Service, Yoga Time Studio, Purcellville Community Marketplace,Sarah Huntington Photography and the Blue Ridge Eagle Ladies Auxiliary. Steve Vermecky, Loudoun Valley H.S. and Jerry Gordon, Woodgrove H.S. for providing us with student volunteers.

    The following individuals helped with the kids’ games: Warren Grossman, Rose Mohammed, Sam & Ray Rees, Jane’ La Fleur, Terry Nelis and the Girl Scouts, Mindy Piland, Darren and Shannon Casper and family. And last but not least to all the fantastic people who came dressed in costumes or came out to watch those in costumes; you were the party.

    Until next year and the 3rd Annual Purcellville Halloween Block Party which will be bigger and better, thanks again to everyone.

    Michael Oaks and Kim Patterson-Oaks

    Chairs, Purcellville Halloween Block Party


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