Meet the Board


Janelle Vess
2019-2020 Chair

Janelle grew up "just over the mountain" in Campbell County, and moved to Rockbridge in 2008. She lives on a small horse farm with her husband and their animals. She has participated in the fair's Expo since 2009, and became heavily involved as a volunteer in 2017. Serving as Chair she is the go-to person with any questions or ideas! She is excited to find new ways to connect the community at the fair and all year long!

Steve Hart
2019-2020 Vice Chair 

I am the past chairman and current vice-chairman for the board.  I take care of all the dull, boring, and legal required paperwork and records.  My grandparents had a farm where I worked summers as a young boy.  We had gardens and sometimes livestock where ever we could when I was in the Army.  We now have a small farm in Kerr's Creek.  County fairs are part of America like she is supposed to be.  Community does not just happen--it takes lots of hard work by lots of people.  We on the fair board, are community weavers.  We weave together people, fun, food, agriculture, talent, crafts, and neighbors into a wonderful tapestry that is the highlight of late summer and early fall.

Morgan McCown
2019-2020 Secretary

Morgan McCown is the current Secretary and all things social media for the Rockbridge Fair and Expo. Morgan grew up in Rockbridge County and spent lots of time showing in 4-H and FFA. She currently lives on a farm in Rockbridge Baths with her husband and two kids and is passionate about bringing the fair back to its former glory and is excited to see what the future of the Rockbridge Fair and Expo holds! 

Leroy Troxell
2019-2020 Virginia Horse Center Liaison

Leroy is the current liaison between the Fair and the Virginia Horse Center. He was born and raised in Rockbridge County and grew up on a farm. Leroy is passionate about seeing the fair once again a success and standing tall on its own reputation and growth. He hopes to continue cultivating a positive relationship between the fair and VHC, along with our community members. 


Paige Owens
2019-2020 Rockbridge County Public Schools Liason  

Paige Owens is a 1993 graduate of Parry McCluer High School, a 1997 graduate of Virginia Tech, and a 2012 graduate of James Madison University.  He has an amazing wife Marsha Owens and two wonderful children, Keswick Owens and Lauren Owens.  Paige works as the Supervisor of Career and Technical Education for Rockbridge County Schools and serves the Rockbridge Fair and Expo Board by being a liaison between the schools and the fair board. "My goal as a board member is to continue to develop ways to get the students and families of Rockbridge County more involved in the Rockbridge Fair and Expo.  I have a passion for the youth in our county and I want them to be able to experience a fair they can get excited about and most importantly be proud of."

Matt Crossman
2019-2020 Rockbridge County Public Schools Liason  

Matt Crossman has been a Rockbridge County Public Schools division level administrator for fourteen years. This is his second year serving on the Rockbridge Regional Fair and Expo board and he enjoys coordinating fair activities and contests with the local schools.



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