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Ojai, Oak View Remember Veterans

 By Misty Volaski

The Ojai Valley was alive with flag-waving spirit Monday as residents gathered in Oak View and Ojai for a powerful round of Memorial Day activities.
American Legion-sponsored pancake breakfasts kicked off the festivities in each town. Oak View followed with a parade on Old Ventura Avenue, complete with bagpipers, old-fashioned cars, beauty queens, farm animals, and a boat load of children.
"The whole block shut down" from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., said Greg Webster of Greg Rents. "It's good to see a parade like this in a small town, to see such a wide variety of people coming together to honor our heroes in war and peace."
This year the parade judging panel — former sheriff Larry Baugher, dentist Larry Simpson, and Jill Olivares of Oak View Allstate — handed out several awards. The Mayor Award went to Grand Marshal Sanford Drucker. The Judges’ Favorite went to Windmill Ranch. Best Portrayal of the Theme went to the Santa Rosa Korean War Military Vehicle Club. Ojai Valley Muffler won the Most Imaginative Award, while Mike Reynolds Pipe Major (bagpipes) won Best Musical Group. Morgan Carriage Works took home the Favorite Marching Horse, and Kelsey Otsby and her lambs and ducks won the Most Unique Award. The Ventura County Model A Club stretched almost the length of the block and won Largest Group. Richmond Howitzers Confederate Artillery earned the award for Most Parade Spirit. The Ford Bronco from New Hope Christian Center rounded out the awards with the Best Car prize.
New Hope gave back to the community with a free barbecue and music after the parade.
Both Ojai and Oak View had special fly-overs and moments of silence.

The Ojai Valley was alive with flag-waving spirit Monday as residents gathered in Oak View and Ojai for a powerful round of Memorial Day activities. American Legion-sponsored pancake breakfasts kicked off the festivities in each town. Oak View followed with a parade on Old Ventura Avenue, complete with bagpipers, old-fashioned cars, beauty queens, farm animals, and a boat load of children. "The whole block shut down" from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., said Greg Webster of Greg Rents. "It's good to see a parade like this in a small town, to

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