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Doolittle Killed In Skateboard Crash

By Misty Volaski
The Ventura County Fair kicked off its pre-fair party Monday with a hoot and holler in keeping with this year’s theme of “Western Nights and Carnival Lights.” Fair president and all-around Ojai cowboy, Michael Bradbury, set the tone, proudly claiming that the Ventura Fair is the crown jewel of all country fairs.
“Nowhere else do you have the ocean weather, and the expansive beautiful views that this Ventura Fair has,” he stated. Quelling any rumors that the fairgrounds would be sold, he said there was no way that  willever happen. “The fair is in good hands,” he said, with the conviction of a man who knows what he is talking about and lives by his word. “My commitment when I joined the fair board,” said Bradbury, “was to retain this fair’s country atmosphere.” Not only is the fair keeping its country roots, but they are actually expanding, and will begin building a new, state-of-the-art livestock facility.
Excitement was in the air as the crowd rambled in and availed themselves of the hearty vittles served up by Marshall’s Bodacious Barbecue. With a good old-fashioned barbecue, plates were filling up with seconds and thirds of steak, chicken and beans. “Fantastic” was how Chet Hilgers described the feast, and his family agreed.
“The best-kept secret” and favorite country band of Mike and Heidi Bradbury, Caught Red Handed, took the stage to the knee-slapping, boot-scootin’ pleasure of the crowd. Playing country music and a lot of George Strait tunes, the band had the party up and dancing on the turf, with the Ventura palm trees as a scenic backdrop. Dusting it up were Fred and Margaret Menninger, who were really kicking it, country style. “They were the couple to watch,” said Hilgers, although a lot of the guests took a turn, trying their boots out on the dance area. “This is our shotgun start to the fair,” laughed CEO and general manager Barbara Quaid. Claiming to be “a country girl at heart,” she thanked the over 2,000 volunteers who made this fair possible. Board members and former board members stood for introduction with their contributions recognized and applauded. The air
Another tragic blow fell on Ojai Valley teens Sunday evening, when 18-year-old Cody Doolittle succumbed to injuries after a skateboarding accident.
Doolittle and a friend were being pulled behind 18-year-old Emily Oakland’s Jeep when Doolittle’s skateboard “made contact with the right rear wheel of the Jeep, causing him to be ejected off his skateboard and onto the roadway surface,” according to a report released Monday by Ojai Police.
Doolittle sustained serious head injuries and was unresponsive when emergency crews arrived on the scene. He was revived by Ventura County Fire Station

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