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Local News in Brief : Oxnard OKs Fees for Strawberry Festival

October 22, 1987

Oxnard officials hope this year to finally take the red out of the city's annual California Strawberry Festival.

The Oxnard City Council approved a festival budget Tuesday that, if successful, would for the first time put the two-day spring event in the black by charging admission. Admission will be $3 for adults and $1 for children and seniors.

Festival organizers had tried to break even last year by charging admission, but a property owner objected to putting a fence around the festival site. Eventually, the city had to foot a $55,000 overrun stemming from lost admission revenues.

This year, organizers plan to move the festival a quarter of a mile north of its traditional Channel Islands Harbor location to a site that could be fenced, said festival finance chairwoman Sue Chadwick. In its 5-year history, the festival has always operated at an expense to the city--mostly in staff time--although organizers point out that it is responsible for an estimated $875,000 infusion into the local economy.

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