More than 2,000 visitors experienced the "best of western Loudoun" at the 10th annual Loudoun Grown Expo Feb. 29, held at Bush Tabernacle in Purcellville.

Lead event organizers Philip and France Message worked with The Town of Purcellville, Loudoun Economic Development and The New Ag School to put on the event.

New this year was a children's passport and activities to make the event feel more interactive, Message said. Attendees were given stamps when they visited with vendors and learned more about their business. Once the passport was turned in, they received a free pass to return to Bush Tabernacle to roller skate.

Doug Fabbioli, a local winemaker and one of the event's participants, said he was pleased with the turnout and outreach opportunities.

"This has been great exposure for us," said Fabbioli, who owns Fabbioli Cellars and developed of The New Ag School, a workforce training program for the agribusiness industry that launched in 2017.

Message said he was "thrilled with the turnout" and grateful for the community's support of the annual event, and in particular the high school students who volunteered throughout the day.

"It exceeded our expectations. The vendors were very pleased and several sold out of their products. They said it was the best event yet," Message said.

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