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Here Comes Another Fair to Remember

State of the County Luncheon Slated Aug. 1

Rods and Roses and a Roaring Good Time

Let's Wrap Up Summer by Cleaning Up the Coast

Ventura Business Community Ponders, 'What's Next?'

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Here Comes Another Fair to Remember

Opening on Wednesday, July 31, the 144th Ventura County Fair is up and ready to run, and we encourage everyone to experience this enchanting traditional family event at the seaside fairgrounds in Ventura.

With the theme "A Country Fair with Ocean Air," the 2019 fair is expected to draw some 300,000 visitors over the course of its 12-day run from July 31 to Aug. 11.

We at Harrison Industries are happy as always to be a part of the fair family and to sponsor the kids' rodeo. We absolutely love to take part in this grand community event, and we're impressed every year with the sheer choreography that goes into the action-packed Ventura County Fair.

Our sincere thanks and congratulations to the Ventura County Fairgrounds Board of Directors for planning another stellar 12-day celebration, which this year will feature concerts by Styx, Martina McBride, Melissa Etheridge and Daughtry, among many others. Just a great job by board president Leslie Cornejo, vice president Leah Lacayo and the six other board directors: Bonnie Atmore, Michael Bradbury, M. Cecilia Cuevas, Dan Long, Shanté Morgan-Durisseau and Jim Salzer.

Visit for details - and we'll see you at the fair!
State of the County Luncheon Slated Aug. 1

Featuring a keynote speech by Ventura County Executive Officer Mike Powers, "State of the County 2019" will take place on Thursday, Aug. 1, in Oxnard.

This important community event is presented by the Ventura Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Oxnard, Camarillo and Greater Conejo Valley chambers. The event is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive.

In his speech, Powers will provide his perspective on the state of the county, a generally idyllic place to live and work that is blessed with very low unemployment and is among the state's safest counties, but which also faces challenges including a housing shortage and rising homelessness.

Harrison will once again be well represented at the annual event, which is always a great gathering of citizens and civic leaders from every corner of the county.

With hundreds already registered to attend, the State of the County luncheon is expected to sell out. For information on registration, visit
Rods and Roses and a Roaring Good Time
The Harrison family - represented by a group of family members including Lynn Harrison, top right, at right - accepted a plaque at this year's Rods and Roses car show for their ongoing involvement in this worthy benefit.

Amid all of this year's wonderful Fourth of July celebrations across the region - including the many that we at Harrison sponsored and served - was the always-delightful 22nd annual pre-Fourth Rods and Roses classic car show benefit in Carpinteria.

We were honored to once again sponsor and attend this great event, which takes place each year around the Fourth and was held this year on Saturday, June 29, along historic Linden Avenue, with about 12,000 in attendance.

Under the leadership of Lynn Harrison, who is very active in the Carpinteria community, Harrison family members show their vintage vehicles every year at the popular charity car show. This year, Lynn and Jim Harrison won a plaque for their ongoing involvement in this worthy cause. Since Rods and Roses began in 1997, it has raised funds each year to support local nonprofit youth organizations such as Future Farmers of America, Carpinteria Cares for Youth, Hope Net and the Carpinteria Education Foundation.

It's especially important to the Harrisons to support organizations and programs that benefit local children. Rods and Roses is a perfect way for the family to share their love of classic cars and support Carpinteria's youth. 
Let's Wrap Up Summer by Cleaning Up the Coast
Along the California coast, we end the summer each year by cleaning up after ourselves. Coastal Cleanup Day is the world's largest volunteer day to protect our environment, and this year's 35th annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21.

On this one day, over the course of three hours, tens of thousands of volunteers come together to clean local beaches, rivers, creeks and parks. Each year, they remove some 1 million pounds of trash and recyclable material from California's coast and inland waterways.

As always, Harrison Industries urges you to join in from 9 a.m. to noon that day. Volunteers will meet up at more than 1,000 sites, along more than 2,000 miles of coast and inland shoreline, and remove all kinds of debris - everything from tiny plastics to submerged bicycles - thereby protecting wildlife from harm while taking care of our environment.

We're proud and happy to participate in this important event by providing free trash and recycling bin service at several sites in our service areas.

"We always help however we can," said Peter Gutierrez, our recycling and special events coordinator. "It's such a worthy cause."

A couple of tips: Bring your own reusable supplies (water bottle, gardening gloves, trash bucket, etc.); and for self-protection, wear a hat, sunscreen, gloves and closed-toe shoes.

For a map of participating beaches and waterways in Ventura County and for other local information, visit or contact Kelly Hahs at or 805-658-4375. In Carpinteria, email or contact Erin Maker at or 805-880-3415.
Ventura Business Community Ponders, 'What's Next?'
Stephanie Caldwell, at right, CEO and president of the Ventura Chamber, welcomed guests and the keynote speakers at the conference: Ventura business leaders John Silva, center, of DuPuis Group design innovation agency and John Patterson of Influence Ecology business management consulting firm.
As it does each year at this time, the Ventura business community came together on a recent Thursday morning to share breakfast and the big picture.

The Ventura Chamber of Commerce's annual summer economic outlook conference provided an overview of economic trends and opportunities in Ventura. The two-hour event on June 27 drew a packed house to the Ventura Beach Marriott.

Asking, "What's next for Ventura?" the business leaders who took the mic communed with the attendants to help lay the groundwork for a shared economic prosperity within the city's business community.

As always, it was an interesting and informative event, which Jim Harrison and I attended to represent E.J. Harrison & Sons and to get inspired, which we did.

As a member of the Ventura Chamber board, I am always impressed with the impact this organization has on its local business community.
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