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Ojai celebrates its 100th anniversary

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Ojai Valley News Photo by Andra Belknap
Edward Drummond Libbey, portrayed by Jim Lashly (left), and Sherman Day Thacher, portrayed by Don Reed, chat during Ojai's centennial picnic in Libbey Park April 8.
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Photo by Tom Moore
Cricket Twichell (left) and Dwayne Bower chat in centennial-style garb April 8.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
 Ojai celebrated its 100th anniversary April 8 with speeches, 20th-century costumes, Pixie tangerines, pony rides, Ojai's Old Time Fiddlers and more.
April 7, 1917, Ojaians gathered in what is today known as Libbey Park to celebrate the land and buildings Edward Drummond Libbey gifted to the community.
Residents intended to call the 1917 celebration “Libbey Day,” but Libbey preferred the name “Ojai Day,” said local historian Mark Lewis, who theorized the centennial event with Tony Thacher.

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