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    Purcellville Festival a grape turnout

    At least 7,000 people attended this years Purcellville Wine and Food Festival. Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser
    While event organizers are still counting the final numbers, they estimate it is likely there were more attendees at the 2014 Purcellville Wine and Food Festival than last year's 7,000 attendees.

    "It was a beautiful evening with comfortable temperatures. People enjoyed having picnics, tasting the local wines, food and the music," said Melanie Scoggins, event specialist for the Town of Purcellville.

    The new mayor, Kwasi Fraser praised event organizers for their hard work.

    "The planning and coordinating by all levels of town staff resulted in this being a very successful event to promote our town. The entire DMV was fully represented indeed; I met folks from D.C., Alexandria, Bethesda and Gainesville, just to name a few. I am confident that next year will be even better. Our events specialist Melanie Scoggins and her team, and our police department did an excellent job in making this an enjoyable and safe event for our citizens, neighbors and guests."

    Former Mayor Bob Lazaro attended the third annual event, which he helped create during his time in office.

    "Kudos to the town staff, JP Events and sponsors for all their support. The event is doing exactly as we planned: to bring folks to Purcellville to enjoy our wonderful town. The local food, beer, wineries, shops and restaurants. And the added benefit this year of enjoying Fireman's Field which we purchased, protected and invested in," said Lazaro.

    Mara Bauserman, event manager at JP Events, said the feedback so far has been great, with some vendors saying it was their best sales day ever.

    "It was a nice mix of old and new faces, with the event drawing people from all over the area. People were able to get a feel of everything the town has to offer," Bauserman said.

    "It is one of those moments that highlighted the town very nicely and was a proud day for Purcellville," Bauserman added.

    Event sponsors included Harris Teeter, Fuog and Dulles Motorcars.

    Catoctin Creek Distillery and Magnolias at the Mill ran a shuttle between the two locations so people could enjoy tours at Catoctin Creek and the beer fest at Magnolias.

    "I heard the downtown was busy all night," Scoggins said.


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