Leesburg Festival Draws Near Record Crowd

This weekend’s ideal weather brought out the crowds in droves at the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival.

Wherever you looked, downtown Leesburg was jammed—with patrons checking out the vendor booths over a six-block area, some toting colorful hanging baskets, while others were heading for the parking lot dragging wagons filled with plants for the garden. Landscape designers were busy answering questions from visitors interested in their displays, and kids and adults enjoyed a variety of lively entertainers at separate stages.

Linda Fountain, Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department’s events and outreach manager, said estimated attendance was around 40,000. Acknowledging the “huge” attendance, Fountain said it was possibly the largest crowd experienced over the past five years.

“The police department estimated Saturday’s crowd at 25,000, with slightly less on Sunday,” she said. Organizers noted turnover both days, as festivalgoers came and went from various other events going on over the weekend around the county, including the Loudoun Hunt Point-to-Point Races that also drew large crowds.

Both Fountain and festival supervisor Barb Smith were pleased with the show. “It was amazing,” Fountain said. Festival street coordinators reported that vendors were delighted—with the crowds, the weather and the organization of the event—many of them calling this year’s festival “their best show ever.”

“It couldn’t have gone any smoother,” Fountain said.

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