Annual celebration comes off without a hitch

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Ojai Valley News photo by Tim Dewar

Parade participants get in the spirit with a bit of face makeup and fuzzy ears.

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Four-year-old Ryder Mazza, of Mira Monte, said his favorites were "the horsies and the big dog."
The Delamore family of Ojai agreed the horses were great, but Nathaniel, 13, Conor, 11 and Shane, 9, also liked the Model A cars, Corvettes and "the señoritas."
The 2018 Ojai Independence Day Parade stepped off at 10 a.m. to temperatures in the 70s.
Nearly 60 entries, led by the Vietnam Veterans of Ventura County, paraded up a chair-lined Ojai Avenue, from Country Club Drive to Park Road.
Entries included horse and school groups, classic and antique vehicles, and first responders such as the Ventura County Fire Department and Upper Ojai Search and Rescue.
“I loved the diversity and seeing all the different groups and organizations,” said Ojai Independence Day Committee president Kristi McGhee-Adejumo. “Everybody seemed to have a great time.”

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Photo by Holly Roberts

Fireworks silhouette a group of watchers during this year’s July 4 celebration in Ojai.

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