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Trophies Collected at Carpinteria's Rods & Roses Show
Surf Rodeo at Pierpont Beach Offers Waves of Fun
Harrison Golfers Place Third in Care for Kids Classic
Libbey Bowl Foundation Relies on Support to Keep the Music Alive
Goat Farm is Host to Fillmore Chamber's June Mixer
Camarillo Fiesta in Old Town Had Something for the Entire Family
VCEDA Members and Guests Tour Gold Coast Recycling
Come Along for the Ride at the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival
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Trophies Collected at Carpinteria's Rods & Roses Show

Rods & Roses
                                                logo The Harrisons love their classic automobiles and so did the judges at the 16th annual Rods & Roses Car Show in downtown Carpinteria on June 29.


Of the approximately 150 classic cars lined up and down Linden Avenue, five belonged to Harrison family members and two others were showcased by Harrison employees.


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Enjoying the Rods & Roses show are (from left) Myron Harrison, Larry Garcia, Ted Harrison, Lynn Harrison, Darren Harrison, Elijah Harrison, Jimi Hampton and his grandson Codie Ayala.

Newbury Park Field Supervisor Darren Harrison's 1931 Ford sedan hot rod won "Best in Show," while Jim Hampton, Field Supervisor for the Channel Islands Beach Communities and Naval Base Ventura County, took home the "People's Choice" trophy for his 1964 Chevy Nova. Darren and Jim also won Merchant Awards, as did Ted Harrison, lead man in our Paint, Body and Container Shop, for his 1933 Ford Coupe Rat Rod.


Myron Harrison, Gary Dobbins and Andy
Vice President Myron Harrison (left) won the Mr. Indy 500 for his 1940 Mercury convertible, presented by racing legend Andy Granatelli (right). Next to Myron is Gary Dobbins, publisher of the Coastal View News.

If that wasn't enough, Vice President Myron Harrison's 1940 Mercury convertible caught the eye of car racing legend Andy Granatelli - Mr. Indy 500 - who named it his top car in the show.


"When Myron thanked Andy for choosing his car, Andy told him, 'It was easy. It's the best car here,'" reports General Manager Lynn Harrison.


By the way, Lynn, who also just joined the Carpinteria Rotary Club, entered his 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible, and George Harrison, general manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, showcased his pride-and-joy: a 1949 Plymouth business coupe. In addition, Larry Garcia, director of Human Resources and Safety for Gold Coast Recycling, entered his 1969 Chevy station wagon.


"This was the first time we entered the show, and we thought maybe we'd win one trophy," Lynn Harrison said. "We had no idea we'd win six. It's quite a shock."


The Harrisons were happy to be a sponsor and would like to thank the Carpinteria Coastal View News for hosting this wonderful event that benefits "Carpinteria Cares for Youth" and other local youth organizations and service groups.

Surf Rodeo at Pierpont Beach Offers Waves of Fun 

Ford Falcon
George Harrison fixed up and donated this 1964 Ford Falcon to the Surf Rodeo.

What happens when you mix surfing, music and cowboys? You get the Surf Rodeo, a one-of-a-kind summer celebration that was held July 13-14 at Ventura's Pierpont Beach.


The Surf Rodeo featured surfing competitions, of course, but also music from more than two dozen bands, lots of food, a wide range of vendor booths, two beer gardens and a Cowgirl Bikini Contest.


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(L to R) George Harrison and Surf Rodeo founder JD Drury.

Harrison Industries donated a roll-off bin as well as trash/recycling bags and boxes to the event.  In addition, George Harrison, general manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, put in many hours of his own time hauling a beat-up 1964 Ford Falcon on his trailer around to local upholstery, electronics, tires and auto body shops to be restored and raffled off at the Surf Rodeo


Proceeds from the event's prized raffle item - now a classic car valued at around $8,000 - went to the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura.


Kudos to Surf Rodeo founder JD Drury and "Beach Marshal" Vince Felix for bringing such a unique and fun event to Ventura!

Harrison Golfers Place Third in Care for Kids Classic

Care for kids golf
Harrison Industries' Mike Marostica (left), Myron Harrison, Phil Campos and Steve Shinsky of City National Bank placed third in the Care for Kids Classic in Camarillo.

Harrison Industries' golfing foursome - Vice President Myron Harrison, Controller Mike Marostica, Assistant Controller Phil Campos and Steve Shinski of City National Bank - were more than up to par at the 21st annual Care for Kids Classic on July 15.


The foursome brought back to the office an impressive trophy after placing third in the Low Net Division in the Texas Scramble tournament, held at Spanish Hills Golf & Country Club


The Rotary Club of Camarillo sponsors the Care for Kids Classic, with proceeds going to local children's charities. Recipients include Casa Pacifica, a Camarillo nonprofit that provides help for abused, neglected and at-risk children and their families in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. In 21 years, the tournament has raised more than $1.5 million!

Libbey Bowl Foundation Relies on Support to Keep the Music Alive

Ojai's Libbey Bowl is a treasure. The intimate outdoor amphitheater nestled in Libbey Park is host to a wide range of musical and stage performances, from the Ojai Music Festival to stage performances of Shakespearean plays. 


The nonprofit Libbey Bowl Foundation relies on the financial support of community members and groups to keep the music and stage performances alive.


The community came through in 2008 when the old Libbey Bowl, built in 1957, was in danger of being condemned due to 50 years of wood rot, termite damage and heavy use. Close to $4 million was raised, and in 2010 the new Libbey Bowl, made of concrete and steel, was born.


While the old Libbey Bowl may be gone, did you know the materials from it live on? 


Harrison Industries trucks hauled about 168 tons of concrete and 84 tons of asphalt from the demolition site to Vulcan Materials, where the discarded materials were recycled. Harrison also hauled approximately 20 tons of wood to Agromin and another 60 tons of commingled construction and demolition materials to our other business partner, Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, to be put to future use. 


Harrison Industries also made a substantial donation toward the Libbey Bowl reconstruction project, and we continue to support the Libbey Bowl Foundation. We encourage you to donate also.


For more information on Libbey Bowl and sponsorship opportunities, visit, or email Beth Sutherland at


Also, remember to recycle while enjoying the beautiful surroundings at THE BOWL.

Goat Farm is Host to Fillmore Chamber's June Mixer 

Chivas Skin Care Jim Harrison and I attended the Fillmore Chamber of Commerce's mixer on June 27 at a most unique location - the Chivas Skin Care goat farm. It's quite a place!


Mother and daughter Donna and Lauren Johanson raise goats on the farm, milk them twice a day, and blend the milk with all-natural essential oils and fair trade shea butter to create a fantastic moisturizing soap that is designed for dry or sensitive skin.


It was an enjoyable visit with fellow Fillmore Chamber members - and an educational one as well. It was fun petting the happy and very tame goats, and I loved the skin products. I was a buyer and Jim even suggested the products as gifts. We are hooked, and I encourage you to visit their farm.


To learn more about the Chivas Skin Care goat farm and where to buy Chivas soaps, check out the website

Camarillo Fiesta in Old Town Had Something for the Entire Family

Camarillo fiesta Old Town Camarillo was filled with music, food and fun July 11-14 when the City held its 49th annual Fiesta & Street Fair. About 35,000 people from throughout Southern California and beyond attended this old-fashioned summertime event.


There were about 200 craft and food vendors, carnival rides, a farmers market and the popular Rotary Beer Garden. Special activities included a Friday Night Cruise of classic cars, a car show on Saturday, and a 5-kilometer run on Sunday. The Fiesta had something fun for the entire family and also raised about $30,000 for local charities and schools.


Music acts included the Mighty Cash Cats, a Johnny Cash tribute band, the Estrada Brothers, a Latin jazz band and Camarillo's own Community Band.


Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of the Camarillo Fiesta & Street Fair, and we were happy to be entrusted as trash and recycling hauler for this wonderful community event. And most of the material we collected, we recycled!

VCEDA Members and Guests Tour Gold Coast Recycling

VCEDA/Gold Coast
                                              Recycling Tour
Harrison's Nan Drake leads the tour of Gold Coast Recycling. Photo by Mustang Marketing

The Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) has been setting up a series of monthly tours to bring VCEDA members to businesses they might not ordinarily visit. The idea is for members to develop a deeper understanding of the businesses and their industries, so VCEDA can better advocate for them in the future.


Harrison Industries' strategic partner, Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station, was happy to be the first stop on the VCEDA tour this spring. Harrison Vice President Jim Harrison, Gold Coast Recycling General Manger George Harrison and I enjoyed showing a group around that included VCEDA board members, Ventura Deputy Mayor Cheryl Heitmann and a variety of VCEDA members and their guests.


Turns out, they enjoyed taking the tour. Scott Harris, owner of Mustang Marketing, later wrote in an article appearing in the June 2013 VCEDA News, "I think I can speak for all of the guests when I say we had no idea what was involved in recycling at this level. The complexity and efficiency of the facility is remarkable."


Ellen Brown, VCEDA Board Chair, said, "Gold Coast Recycling and the Harrison family certainly practice what they preach. I am so impressed that a trash company is so environmentally conscious. They go far above what is legislated in order to improve this place we call home. They set the bar high and I have some work to do in becoming a better environmental steward."


Thanks, Scott and Ellen. We're working hard at moving toward "Zero Waste" and are thrilled by the responses we've received to the tour of our facility. And thanks to VCEDA President/CEO Bill Buratto for putting together the monthly outreach tours for VCEDA members. Upcoming tours include visits to the Limoneira Ranch, California Lutheran University, Mustang Marketing and Volt Services Group.


If you have any questions about VCEDA, the new outreach program or are interested in attending or hosting a tour, call Buratto at 805-479-2491 or email him at I highly recommend it!

Come Along for the Ride at the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival 

2013 Citrus Classic The 6th Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival - "A Bucket List Adventure for the Whole Family" - is being held in Santa Paula this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 26-28. If you have never attended this event, you are really missing something!


One of only three such hot air balloon events in Southern California, the Citrus Classic is held off Highway 126 in the East Area 1 fields at 18249 E. Telegraph Road. It features hot air balloon races - weather permitting - as well as morning balloon tether rides and ascensions.


Highlighting the three-day event are the Friday and Saturday evening "Glows" when dozens of multi-colored balloons are slowly inflated and illuminated with the glow from the flame that heats the air to power the globes. It's spectacular!


The Citrus Classic also includes plane fly-bys and skydivers; a car show; dozens of food vendors; a beer garden and a sunset wine dinner. Kids' attractions include a Ferris wheel as well as other carnival rides and inflatable slides.


There's much more. Harrison Industries is a sponsor of the Citrus Classic that benefits Santa Paula-area nonprofits. For more information, visit

Nan Drake
Harrison Industries

phone: 805-701-9809