Fillmore, CA – HANDS-ON Consultations (HOC), Computer Support Services, a Fillmore, Ventura County based company, is pleased to announce their ten (10) year anniversary as a full-time computer support company serving the communities of Ventura County and beyond.
In July of 1988, acquiring a city business license and registering with Ventura County, Harv & Patti Oliver established their computer support services company out of their home on Goodenough Road in Fillmore, CA. In their original business plan, there was never intent for a storefront, but to provide “HANDS ON” services in the field or in their offices as required. Since that time, due to business expansion and requirements, the office has been transitioned and services provided out of their offices in the Gurrola Building at 606 Sespe in Fillmore. Harv provides the lead technical support services and manages the day-to-day operations with Patti’s experience and MBA providing support in appropriate business operations and continuing business development. They’ve also added additional technicians, administrative personnel, and program and web developers to their support staff.
“Providing professional, friendly services, while building mutually beneficial relationships has always been our goal.” stated Harv in noting the decade milestone. “When we started, I asked myself 'how can we separate our services and rise above the multitude of other support services out there?’ In any service industry, providing outstanding customer service and dealing honorably with our clients are the most important factors, in my opinion, and that’s what we’ve always tried to do. We all know you can’t please everyone, but at HANDS-ON Consultations we do our very best and our continuing success in the local communities reflects that. Word of mouth and referrals is the key to success for any business. 10 years and growing stronger speaks louder than any words I can share," Oliver added.
For the past tem years, HOC services have been provided for business and home users alike with a strong focus on providing professional support for current and developing operations in the business world. Ranging from hardware/software troubleshooting, repairs, upgrades, computer components, new computer systems to network design, development, & support to web design, development, and hosting to training for Windows and associated applications, and program and database software development. They provide incidents support services, along with scheduled maintenance plans and also are aligned with other vendors in various support contracts. Expansion of services has pushed out to include not only Ventura County, but Los Angeles County and beyond.
“I’d like to thank all the members of the private and business communities of Ventura County, Los Angeles County, and beyond for assisting us in reaching this milestone. Success is many things and we are meeting and achieving the goals we set for ourselves 10 years ago,” acknowledged Oliver. “The number of years we’ve been in business may seem small to some however, surviving each and every year and staying afloat in any kind of business for 10 years is tough and this is something we’re very proud of. We look forward to continuing to assist our friends and associates in this ever-developing and exciting field now, and far into the future.”

 


 
1947 - Joan Bottomly Wright Temple, Joy Brockus Rogers, Pat Spangler Stocker. All photographs courtesy Bill Stocker.
1947 - Joan Bottomly Wright Temple, Joy Brockus Rogers, Pat Spangler Stocker. All photographs courtesy Bill Stocker.
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1948 - Joy Brockus Rogers.
1948 - Joy Brockus Rogers.
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1949 - Sue Vest, ? Michel, ?
1949 - Sue Vest, ? Michel, ?
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1951 - Rosale Brashears, Torry Stocker.
1951 - Rosale Brashears, Torry Stocker.
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1952 - Rosale Brashears, Zimmerman, Susan.
1952 - Rosale Brashears, Zimmerman, Susan.
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1954 - Shirley Somers, Joanna Crawford Berry, Carol Robertson.
1954 - Shirley Somers, Joanna Crawford Berry, Carol Robertson.
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1955 - Kathleen Joynes, Sheila Spangler, Cindy Stocker.
1955 - Kathleen Joynes, Sheila Spangler, Cindy Stocker.
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1956 - Cindy Stocker Wileman, Steve Hutchens, Sheila Spangler.
1956 - Cindy Stocker Wileman, Steve Hutchens, Sheila Spangler.
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Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

It was interesting to attend the recent special meeting of the Fillmore City Council in the Memorial Building about the storm drains, water softeners and flood zones.!
First, in my opinion, the handling of the special meeting was done in an outstanding manner by our Mayor Steve Conaway. Each and every one--from both sides of the issues--were given an opportunity to express their opinion.
There are so many points of interest that really hit right to the local individuals--costs of water, sewer, and flood control presented by Bert Rapp, Public Works Director. It seems, in my little knowledge of the situation, that State and Federal agencies meet, discuss and without consulting with the local groups, say this is what happens.
It seems the current 100 milligrams per liters of chloride limit by approximately 37 milligrams per liter could be settled by individuals who continue to discharge this chloride should pay the cost as the rest of us do to have the water softener company come and take the tank away monthly. Personally, this has been done by us since we lived in the City of Fillmore.
The "problem" of the FEMA flood map shows that the "governmental" officials are sitting in their seats and don't know what is actually going on in the City of Fillmore.
Other matters have come about--Memorial District, the Senior Center, etc. It appears to me that citizens need to volunteer, as I personally did years ago, to service on these boards. In my opinion we seem to have some lapse in the City administrative structure to oversee these various departments.
These items, along with several others, such as the use of the new stadium will be even more interesting. We need individuals who will meet, get the "rules" together and then enforce these rules without giving in to this or that group within the City! These facilities, committees, boards, etc. are for the public's use--with the actions being done by the know rules!
Let us have some "working" volunteers to assist!

 


 

Be WARNED...Where you place your money for safe-keeping and how long you leave it there may be simply preparing to hand it to the State of California!
It happened to me...
Last week I received two bank statements from Bank of America. The quarterly statements that I received for my daughter and son had a different total in their savings account ($0) and under that it read: “Your account has been closed. Account Turned Over to the State of California.”
I was shocked to discover that due to inactivity, the bank reported this to the State Controller’s office and handed my money over to the state! How can this be? This is my children’s money that I placed in a Savings account for safe keeping. I thought the idea was to place money in a savings account and leave it alone! I had no idea that if you leave it alone for more than 3 years, the bank or financial institution will report this to the state for the state to take!
After speaking with Bank of America on the phone waiting almost 30 minutes to speak with a live person, I was given the toll free number to the California Unclaimed Property State Administrators Office 1-800-992-4647. The State Controller’s Office website to reclaim abandoned property is: www.sco.ca.gov I also called the State Controller’s office and was told that it takes about 6 months for the abandoned monies to be recorded before I can begin to reclaim what is mine!
I think it is shameful that the state or any financial institution has the right to take my money simply for the reason that I didn’t touch it often enough. I thought the whole idea of savings was to leave it alone… Evidently not. Bottom line, my money is gone. I was not notified by Bank of America that I needed to deposit or withdraw money in order to keep my account active. They evidently had the right to report the account to the state and the state in fact did take my money. I’m not dead, nor are my children. (Thank God), but the State of California now has my money and I do not. (Granted, there was not much money in the account, but in my opinion whether it is one cent or a million, no one should be able to touch my account without my permission.)
According to the California State Controller’s Office, it is possible to reclaim the money, but now I have to wait for all the paper work to be processed before being able to reclaim it along with having to fill out an official form, copy my driver’s license, and social security number in order to get back is rightfully mine. According to Bank of America, they normally send a courtesy notice to their clients, but I never received anything in the mail. They also have a general statement in their fact booklet that they give to people opening accounts. (Like any of us read all of the small print.)
The irony to this, is the time and all the people I have spoken with in the last few days has cost more than the money I had in the accounts when calculating hours on the phone with employees, as well as, my time and frustration.
I think it is shameful that the state can just take someone’s money without permission or verification that a person has passed away. Be careful where you place your money. It may not be as safe as you think.

 


 

Its still not to late to reserve your place. We have extended payment till July 25th. Please call Shelley Boblett at 805-650-8267. We will not take payment at door and you will not be let in unless you pay full price. Classmates of 1987 & 1989 if you are still interested please call me for details. There will not be any invites sent out. It’s by word of mouth only, but we need a head count.

 


 
Mike Sarahung’s building at 340 Central Ave is nearing completion. The project consists of a three-story building with eight apartments, eight parking spaces, about 4,200 sq. ft. of commercial space, and pedestrian promenade. The City of Fillmore will issue a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the second floor this week. There is still a tremendous amount of details that need to be completed, however, the life and safety issues are done and three residential tenants are prepared to begin living there now. A medical office is being located in the back of the building on the first floor. Some significant features of the building are the following: 3-story building and yet the building fits within the scale of downtown: Architecturally compatible to the historic look of downtown, the exterior is not completed at this time: Mixed-use of residential and commercial in one building: Internal courtyard and balconies for tenants to serve as a quite private outdoor space in a busy downtown: Private parking for the residential tenants: Pedestrian promenade that allows greater access to Central Ave. from the rear parking lot. The public parking lot is being expanded this year and landscaping will be added. The project is 30 units per acre, yet by the design of the building, the density is not apparent.
Mike Sarahung’s building at 340 Central Ave is nearing completion. The project consists of a three-story building with eight apartments, eight parking spaces, about 4,200 sq. ft. of commercial space, and pedestrian promenade. The City of Fillmore will issue a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the second floor this week. There is still a tremendous amount of details that need to be completed, however, the life and safety issues are done and three residential tenants are prepared to begin living there now. A medical office is being located in the back of the building on the first floor. Some significant features of the building are the following: 3-story building and yet the building fits within the scale of downtown: Architecturally compatible to the historic look of downtown, the exterior is not completed at this time: Mixed-use of residential and commercial in one building: Internal courtyard and balconies for tenants to serve as a quite private outdoor space in a busy downtown: Private parking for the residential tenants: Pedestrian promenade that allows greater access to Central Ave. from the rear parking lot. The public parking lot is being expanded this year and landscaping will be added. The project is 30 units per acre, yet by the design of the building, the density is not apparent.
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Shown above, the parking garage of the new retail/apartment building on mid-Central Avenue. The garage will accommodate eight vehicles.
Shown above, the parking garage of the new retail/apartment building on mid-Central Avenue. The garage will accommodate eight vehicles.
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Photography Contest Now Open for Ventura County Youth

(Ventura, CA) “Kids, Cameras, and Crops” Youth Photography Contest is now accepting entries. The contest, in its second year, is run by Ventura County 4-H and the Ventura County Fair and is looking forward to more great entries this year. The contest is open to Ventura County youth ages 9-18.

“Kids, Cameras, and Crops” encourages youth to look at the agriculture around them in new and interesting ways. All entries will be showcased at this year’s Ventura County Fair, July 30-August 10.

Each entrant may submit one entry for each of 4 categories: Agriculture Products, Agriculture Equipment, Agriculture Places, and Agriculture People. The same image may not be entered in more than one category. Detailed rules and instructions are available on the Fair’s website: www.venturacountyfair.org

Entries must be received by July 18, 2008. Mail entries to “Kids, Cameras, and Crops” Photo Contest, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 West Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001 or hand-deliver entries to Ventura County 4-H Office, 669 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003.

For more information, please contact the Ventura County 4-H Office at (805) 662-6943.

 
Entries Accepted July 18, 19, 20 at Ventura County Fairgrounds
Entries Accepted July 18, 19, 20 at Ventura County Fairgrounds
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Entries Accepted July 18, 19, 20 at Ventura County Fairgrounds

Soon the Ventura County Fairgrounds will be full of pies, jams, table settings, photographs, homegrown fruits and vegetables, sculptures, homemade wines and beers, aquariums, gem & mineral exhibits, rabbits, sheep, and many, many other Fair entries. Make sure the fruits of your labor are on display during the 133rd Annual Ventura County Fair by bringing your entries to the Fairgrounds on the upcoming Entry Weekend.

On July 18, 19, 20 from 10am to 5pm, many departments will be accepting entries for the 2008 Ventura County Fair. Departments accepting entries include Amateur Fine Arts; Hobbies, Models & Collections; Home Arts (Arts & Crafts, Clothing & Textiles, Preserved Foods, and Special Exhibits); Professional Arts; Uncle Leo’s Barn Ag Contest; and Youth Expo & 4-H/Grange. Further information regarding entry dates for other departments can be found at the Fair’s website: www.venturacountyfair.org

With over 5,000 competitive exhibit categories, you are bound to find an exhibit to showcase your talents. There are trophies, ribbons, and over $175,000.00 in cash awards available. Make sure you check out the entry date for the Agriculture Dept.’s new scarecrow contest—cash prizes available in each class for a unique scarecrow. Don’t miss out on your chance to show Ventura County what you can do!

For more detailed information, please see the 2008 Ventura County Fair Entry Guide available at many convenient locations throughout Ventura County and online at www.venturacountyfair.org

Make sure to tell all your friends to “Meet you at the Fair” where they can oooh and aaah over your wonderful entries. For more information, please call (805) 648-3376.

 
Zero Charge-Offs; Zero Non-Performing Assets

SANTA PAULA, CA. July 11, 2008- Santa Clara Valley Bank (SCVBank;OTC BB:SCVE.OB) today announced its 2008 second quarter financial results.

SCVBank reported that net income was $170,000 in the second quarter of 2008, an increase of 97xx%, XXover the $86,000 of net income reported in the first quarter of 2008. For the six months ending 6/30/08, SCVBank’s net income was $256,000, or $0.23 per share, an increase of 137% compared to $108,000, or $0.10 per share, for the same period a year earlier. SCVBank’s net interest income increased by $233,000 or 10.7% over the same period in 2007. The Bank’s net interest margin remained strong at 4.54% for June.

In 20082007, the Bank’s assets grew to $108.3 million, up from $107.3 million at year-end 2007. Loans grew from $81.6 million at year-end to $84.1 million, or 3.1% at June 30, 2008. The Bank holds $91.82 million in deposits, up from $91.6 million at year-end. Non-interest bearing deposits comprise 32% of total deposits.

The Bank’s loan portfolio continues to perform well. SCVBank continues to have no non-performing loans and delinquencies are minimal. There were no loan charge-offs for the 6th consecutive quarter. During the last twelve quarters, the Bank has charged-off only $1,200. The Bank’s liquidity remains solid, allowing for increases in sound loans. SCVBank has been profitable since 2002.

“Our increasing net income is a testament to the strength and conservative nature of SCVBank,” stated Chairman Guy Cole. “The Board’s oversight and conservative nature continues to ensure our long term success”.

“The Bank is in a very strong capital position. We believe that our stock repurchase program has contributed significantly to maintaining the price of the Bank’s common stock, while that of other financial institutions has fallen dramatically,” said CEO Hause. “While we are proud of our credit quality at SCVBank, I want to applaud our loan customers for continuing to honor their loan obligations during these trying times. We appreciate their character and integrity very much”.

Founded in 1998, Santa Clara Valley Bank has offices in Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Valencia. Under its stock symbol of SCVE.OB, Santa Clara Valley Bank's stock is traded through Howe Barnes Hofer & Arnett, McAdams Wright Ragen, Wedbush Morgan Securities and Monroe Securities. The Bank's web site is www.SCVBank.com.

Santa Clara Valley Bank Corporate Headquarters
901 East Main Street
Santa Paula, California 93060
805-525-7847

 

What: FOOD Share needs your field and backyard seasonal picks of fruit and produce to feed the hungry.

When: Donations accepted all year long

Where: At gleaning Sites throughout Ventura County and in fields and backyards where there are trees or orchards.

Why: FOOD Share feeds more than 30,000 men, women and children each month. FOOD Share needs the seasonal picks from our agricultural, farming and general community to support our vision to feed and nourish the hungry of Ventura County. Your picks are then distributed to more than 150 community partner agencies and are supplied to those in our community who need it most. Please donate your picks today!

How: Call today to help feed the hungry! Contact Lance Ferguson at 805-983-7100 x135

 
John Stipec Jr., DOB - 7/22/22
John Stipec Jr., DOB - 7/22/22
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Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Ventura County Sheriff's Department

On July 12th, 2008, John Stipec Jr., father of Pamela Mueller, was reported missing. Stipec is driving a Dodge pick-up truck that was recently purchased. He occasionally drives to the stores on Wendy Drive in Newbury Park. However, Stipec is unfamiliar with the streets in Thousand Oaks and frequently travels on Lynn Road to get to Newbury Park. Before leaving his house, Stipec threatened to take his own life. Stipec has recently exhibited signs of dementia. Stipec takes medication for high blood pressure and did not take any of his medications with him when he left. Last week, Stipec mentioned to a family friend that he wanted to drive his new truck up to San Francisco.

- John Stipec Jr., 7/22/22
- W/M, 6’1”, 190lbs., White Hair, Hazel Eyes
- Last Known Location: Best Western, 75 West Thousand Oaks Blvd.
- Address: 6 Magellan St. Thousand Oaks
- Vehicle: Red, Dodge Dakota Pick-Up Truck, Plate: 7X11879

THIS BULLETIN IS FOR INFORMATION ONLY.
Please contact Detective Buschow with any information regarding the whereabouts of Stipec.
Desk: 805.494.8226 Cell: 805.947.8129

 
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The Fillmore High Alumni Association lost a dearly beloved individual this past week with the death of Rosie Gallardo
Conway Spitler
Conway Spitler

In the earlier days of the Alumni Association, we were an enthusiastic group of “nuts” who wanted to do more for the students of Fillmore High. Do more for a Hall of Fame! And many other activities along the line to assist graduates of Fillmore High.
Rosie was right in there when work was to be done. Along with her, was her husband. Rosie will be sorely missed by many of us; however, this is one individual who many graduates really felt she was a perfect example of an alumni member of the Fillmore High Alumni Association.
Time will tell what history thinks of us; however, I believe there will be a large paragraph about Rose in the alumni history section of the past years.
For the past week, with a “dead” computer, less work has been accomplished in the office. Computers are great items of “joy” however, they can be great head aches when no working properly. No excuses; however, this is one reason this article is late and may not get into this week’s issue.
This week Betty Ann Kirkpatrick Hawk ’38 will return to review the 70th Anniversary Class Reunion which was just held recently. It is my belief that a few of us will not close the book on the Class of ’38; however, we must realize there are not too many of us left. But, I must add that we have some great children and grandchildren produced by the Class of ’38 members who will go down in history for their interest in their parent’s graduation and reunions held over the years. This means the ’38 flag will still be flying through these children and grandchildren no matter where they are.

 
Piru Petroleum held their Annual Melinda Bishop/Bruce Smith Memorial Horseshoe Tournament on Saturday, June 28th at Britt Park. The proceeds from this tournament benefit the club’s scholarship fund. Scholarship recipients for this year were: Bernadette Alamillo, Stephanie Butts and Tenea Golson, Fillmore High School graduates and David “DJ” Wareham a graduate of St. Bonaventure High School. Congratulations to these students. The Horseshoe tournament was well attended and a great time was had by all. A total of 18 teams participated and the winners were Henry Sr. & Henry Jr., (above) father and 11 year old son, last name not avaible at press time. It was their first tournament. Second place went to Victor and Rose Marie Schlau from Lake Hughes; third place went to Kingston Lindsey from Oxnard and his partner Lenny. The 50/50 raffle winner was Cindy Vaiz. Piru Petroleum Club would like to thank all who participated to make the day so successful, especially Paul Vaiz for running the tournament. Piru Petroleum Club meets on the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month except December and has Family Night dinners on the 3rd Thursday of each month except November & December. Everyone is welcome to attend. Courtesy of Piru Petroleum.
Piru Petroleum held their Annual Melinda Bishop/Bruce Smith Memorial Horseshoe Tournament on Saturday, June 28th at Britt Park. The proceeds from this tournament benefit the club’s scholarship fund. Scholarship recipients for this year were: Bernadette Alamillo, Stephanie Butts and Tenea Golson, Fillmore High School graduates and David “DJ” Wareham a graduate of St. Bonaventure High School. Congratulations to these students. The Horseshoe tournament was well attended and a great time was had by all. A total of 18 teams participated and the winners were Henry Sr. & Henry Jr., (above) father and 11 year old son, last name not avaible at press time. It was their first tournament. Second place went to Victor and Rose Marie Schlau from Lake Hughes; third place went to Kingston Lindsey from Oxnard and his partner Lenny. The 50/50 raffle winner was Cindy Vaiz. Piru Petroleum Club would like to thank all who participated to make the day so successful, especially Paul Vaiz for running the tournament. Piru Petroleum Club meets on the 2nd & 4th Friday of each month except December and has Family Night dinners on the 3rd Thursday of each month except November & December. Everyone is welcome to attend. Courtesy of Piru Petroleum.
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Round three of the Fillmore Fitness Project (Fitness Boot Camp) was held at A Street Storage Friday, July 4, 2008. (Above) Everybody was working hard at getting fit as Fitness Project Director Ivan Chavez corrects form, with Assistant Director Marcos Zuniga (far right) watching carefully.
Round three of the Fillmore Fitness Project (Fitness Boot Camp) was held at A Street Storage Friday, July 4, 2008. (Above) Everybody was working hard at getting fit as Fitness Project Director Ivan Chavez corrects form, with Assistant Director Marcos Zuniga (far right) watching carefully.
Photo by Bob Crum
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Powerful right jab by Angelica of the Hair Gallery... TI Reuban Armenta observes...
Powerful right jab by Angelica of the Hair Gallery... TI Reuban Armenta observes...
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Fitness Project director Ivan Chavez demonstrates proper push up form...
Fitness Project director Ivan Chavez demonstrates proper push up form...
Photo by Bob Crum
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Saving the best for last... ye ole tire toss. These fitness participants are
getting ready to heave ho the big tire...
Saving the best for last... ye ole tire toss. These fitness participants are getting ready to heave ho the big tire...
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Bring the children to meet Itty Bitty, the dachshund, hero of the book “Itty Bitty Saves the Day”. Author Armando N. Garza will read his book on July 10, 2008 at 3 PM, assisted by Itty Bitty, himself, telling a story of how anyone can do big things, even if you’re little.
The free event is sponsored by the Fillmore Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization providing support to the library with funds for books, children’s programs, and adult events. The story telling will be at the library’s 502 Second Street address.

 

Pre Fair Tickets Now Available at Convenient Locations

You’re already planning to meet us at the 2008 Ventura County Fair, so why not take advantage of some terrific Pre Fair savings? You’ll be ready for all the fun, food, and festivities the Fair has to offer while saving money in the process.

The Ferris wheel will soon be sitting next to the Pacific Ocean, and you can be one of the first people to ride it. Buy 50 ride tickets for $20 before the Fair. Pre Fair ride tickets allow you to ride more rides for your money, and we know you want to ride as many as possible. Each ride takes 3-7 tickets, and tickets are valid only for the 2008 Fair.

One day at the Fair is not nearly enough to take in all fun and excitement. A Season Ticket allows you to enjoy all 12 days of the 2008 Fair for one convenient price. Don’t forget—Miller Lite Grandstand Arena will host great live entertainment and admission to these events is included in Fair entry. Season tickets are available at $65 for Adults (age 13 and older) and at $44 for youth (6-12) and seniors (62 and older).

This year Weekend Metrolink and Fair Combos are available. A great way to avoid pain at the pump and the hassle of parking, the Metrolink will drop you off right at the Main Gate. On Saturdays and Sundays, August 1 &2 and August 8 & 9, Metrolink will run round trip from Chatsworth with intermediate stops at Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo, and Oxnard. Please see www.venturacountyfair.org for Combo pricing or call (805) 648-3376 for more information.

Pre-Fair carnival ride tickets, season tickets, and Metrolink/Fair combos are available at the Ventura County Fairgrounds Administrative Office, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura Monday thru Friday from 8am-5pm. This year pre-fair tickets are also available at the California Welcome Center, 1000 Town Center Dr., Oxnard (Tall Green Bldg. 101 at Oxnard Blvd.). Very conveniently located, the California Welcome Center is a great way to quickly pick up tickets for fairgoers in southern Ventura County.

Please go to www.venturacountyfair.org or call (805) 648-3376 for the latest Fair information.