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August 11, 1996
FAIR DATES: Aug. 14 to 25 LOCATION: Seaside Park, Harbor Boulevard and Figueroa Street From the Ventura Freeway northbound, take the California Street or San Jon Road exitFrom the Ventura Freeway southbound, take the Main Street or Seaward Avenue exit HOURS: Open at 11 a.m. daily Exhibit buildings close at 10 p.m. daily The Commercial Building closes at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 p.m.
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April 27, 2013 | By David Karp
Traditionally, working folk dreamed of retiring to California to grow citrus, or more recently wine grapes, but these days the second career crop of choice appears to be artisanal olive oil. Fresh, local oil is all the rage; universities and industry groups help guide aspiring growers, and once their groves start bearing, many sell at farmers markets, where they earn premium prices and enjoy schmoozing with shoppers. Mark Mooring of Buon Gusto Farms followed an unusual version of this path, from starting the Los Angeles Police Department K-9 Platoon to growing olives in Ventura, where he produces richly flavored, award-winning oils.
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August 5, 2004 | Arianne Aryanpur, Times Staff Writer
Heidi Bergenfeld could have gone to the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, which is a bit closer to her home. Instead, as she does every year, she drove daughters Shira, 8, and Adina, 5, 70 miles from Los Angeles to catch opening day at the Ventura County Fair at Seaside Park. Ventura's tame crowds and unbeatable weather keep them coming back, Bergenfeld said as the girls soared on their stomachs on "Cliff Hanger," a ride that simulates hang gliding.
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July 25, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO Renegade Craft Fair When, where: July 31 and Aug. 1, Fort Mason Highlights: At this gathering of artists and artisans selling their works, activities include a knit-in, jewelry-making, raffles, demos, food and music. Cost: Free Info: (773) 227-2707, http://www.renegadecraft.com/san-francisco VENTURA Ventura County Fair When, where: Aug. 4-15, Ventura County Fairgrounds Highlights: Rides and games, food and beverages.
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August 9, 2003
Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Location: 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura Information: www.seasidepark.org or 648-3376 All Day: 24th annual Ventura County Fair chili cook-off 11 a.m.: AIM USA cheerleading competition 1 p.m.: Cattlemen's Assn. presents beef tasting until 4 p.m. 2 p.m.: Flying U PRCA Rodeo 6:30 p.m.: Shenanigan's Youth Theater Group 7 p.m.: Flying U PRCA Rodeo 11 p.m.: Commercial Building closes Source: Seaside Park Ventura County Fair Web site
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2001
Ventura County Fair patrons will again have the option of riding Metrolink to the fairgrounds in Ventura during weekends. Ventura County Transportation Commission will charter six trains that will provide round-trip transportation from stations in Chatsworth, Simi Valley, Moorpark, Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura. Morning and evening service will be offered Aug. 4-5 and Aug. 11-12. The fair starts today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1985
This fair is everything from a diaper derby to messy hot dogs to a slick, exciting super slide. It's not just for children, but they are the ones who enjoy it most--perhaps with the exception of some of the toddler contestants. The 110th annual Ventura County Fair, which opened last Thursday at Seaside Park in Ventura, has 40 acres of arts and crafts exhibits, demonstrations, contest areas and entertainment stages revolving around its 1985 theme, "Oceans of Fun for Everyone."
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August 17, 1997
The following organizations won trophies in Saturday's Ventura County Fair Parade: Junior color guard: 1st, West Ventura Cub Scouts Pack 311. Senior color guard: 1st, 187 Airborne Color Guard; 2nd, Al Malaikah Temple; 3rd, Marien Corps League No. 597. School floats: 1st, Ventura High School pep squad; 2nd, St. Bonaventure High School cheerleaders; 3rd, Buena High School pep squad. Commercial floats: 1st, Animal Rescue Volunteers; 2nd, Ventura City Federal Credit Union.
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August 6, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
For Cade and Riley Ramirez, there was no better way to enjoy a warm summer afternoon than to spend it with their grandmother strolling the midway at the Ventura County Fair. Cade, 6, and Riley, 3, had already splashed around on the bumper boats, and Cade determined it enough fun to try again. It didn't take much pleading for Rosa Ramirez to agree to another turn on the miniature vessels equipped with steering wheels.
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August 10, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Marriage is too hard to be built on platitudes, Mimi Luft says. That's why she doesn't like the one about never going to bed angry. "That's ridiculous," said the Ventura grandmother, 80. "That's not a true marriage. Things go wrong and you get mad. Then you get over it." Luft knows a bit about the subject. She and her husband, Ted, 86, have been married 58 years -- long enough to place third in a spousal longevity derby held each year at the Ventura County Fair.
NEWS
August 4, 2005
With Wednesday's opening day in the rearview mirror, the 130th Ventura County Fair hits full stride heading into its first weekend of -- well, slip on your walking shoes. Over the next 11 days, visitors will plot a course through an expansive array of agricultural exhibits and livestock, a carnival and midway, all those foodstuff vendors, floriculture and hobby creations, plus several entertainment stages.
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August 3, 2005 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
The corn dog and churro stands are ready. So are the stomach-churning carnival rides and the critters at Uncle Leo's Barn, where Leo Vanoni is celebrating 50 years of setting up his barnyard exhibit, a noisy collection of pigs, goats and chickens that has entertained generations of children and adults at the Ventura County Fair. "It never gets old," said Vanoni, who will turn 90 later this month and has attended the fair since the 1920s. "The people are the ones who really make it.
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August 17, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
New rides such as the Backdraft roller coaster and the Ejection Seat, a reverse bungee drop, helped draw the second-largest crowd in Ventura County Fair history, organizers said Monday. The 12-day fair, which ended Sunday, drew 300,527 people to Seaside Park, compared with more than 308,000 last year. But officials said they were pleased with the large turnout, which they attributed in part to good weather. "We were very fortunate," said fair spokesman John Lockhart.
NEWS
August 5, 2004
Hours: Gates open at 11 a.m. All exhibits close at 10 p.m. Carnival and midway open till 11 p.m. Location: 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Seaside Park in Ventura. Admission: $7 general; $4 for those 62 years and older and for children 6 to 12; free for children 5 and younger. Today's event: Motor sports, demolition derby, 6 p.m. More information: (805) 648-3376; www.seasidepark.org/vcfair or www.coolfair.com.
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August 5, 2004 | Arianne Aryanpur, Times Staff Writer
Heidi Bergenfeld could have gone to the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona, which is a bit closer to her home. Instead, as she does every year, she drove daughters Shira, 8, and Adina, 5, 70 miles from Los Angeles to catch opening day at the Ventura County Fair at Seaside Park. Ventura's tame crowds and unbeatable weather keep them coming back, Bergenfeld said as the girls soared on their stomachs on "Cliff Hanger," a ride that simulates hang gliding.
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