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1. Navy Sea Cadets Color Guard 1A. Veterans of Foreign Wars 1B. Vietnam Veterans 1C. American Legion 2. WW2 Jeep driven by Rodger Embury 3. Grand Marshal, Ally Mills 4. Ojai Valley News As the United States turns 246 years old, the Ojai Valley News celebrates its 131st year. The free press is a 1st Amendment civil liberty and a cornerstone of our local democracy. For July 2022 OVN and our community celebrates truly meaningful access to local news with the launch of our new website and digital News App, Download OVNews from the App Store today! Thank you for supporting local journalism, subscribe: www.ojaivalleynews.com 5. Nordhoff High School Band The Nordhoff Marching Band and Color Guard and Matilija’s Advanced Band performing a medley of American favorites, including My Country “tis of Thee, America the Beautiful and Battle Hymn of the Republic. The Band is led by recent Nordhoff Grad, drum major Isabel Sanchez. The Music program is led by Bill Wagner and drumline instructor Kevin Conahey. The color guard is led by co-captains Naomi Foote and Serena Cornell. 6. The Gables of Ojai The Gables of Ojai retirement community has been serving seniors for over 68 years. We have won best retirement for 10 years. 7. Robo the Clown As “Robo the Clown” I walk in the parade dressed as Charlie Chaplin. I perform simple tricks as I pass by the crowd. Living in the Ojai Valley for the past 10 years I enjoy being part of the annual events like Ojai Days where I performed as a clown on the children’s stage.

8. Ojai Valley TaeKwonDo Academy This is the 34th year where students, young and old are marching in the 4th of July parade to show their community spirit. Fitness health and self-defense are goals at Ojai TaeKwonDo, including a focus on increased academic performance and discipline for youth in a unique environment of individual encouragement. Located across from Westridge Market. Owner and master Dan Cwemineo invites our community to come take a free trial class. 9. Manor of Ojai Residential Care Manor Of Ojai Residential Care. Personal attention with tender loving care. We believe in quality care at reasonable rates. Call Halina for a tour. 10. Hacienda Marz All of us that are participating enjoy celebrating 4th of July. We look forward to each year to join. 11. Daughters of the American Revolution and Ojai Trolley Services The Ojai trolley filled with members of the Mitz-Khan-A-Khan chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution which lasted from 1765-1783. These patriot men and women honor our patriots of the Revolution which granted our freedom as we celebrate the 4th of July, the day we separated from the rule of Britain. 12. Ben Moreell Battalion 13. Ojai Roadrunners Ojai Roadrunner youth track and field club is dedicated and inspire develop and promote athleticism leadership and love our community. Our youth ages 7-18 and coaches / parent volunteers will be part of our entry to promote teamwork, friendship and sense of community. 14. Ojai Valley Fire Safe Council The custom tool trailer is to promote the OVFSC’s community

supported grazing program. 15. Topa Topa Flywheelers Antique Tractor Club The Topa Topa Flywheelers Tractor Club celebrates and promotes the historical connection to American’s rich history. The roads of America are connected to farming and the abundance of food for the world. Our club members enjoy the mutual interests of collectively restoring and showing our antiques. New members always welcome. 16. Ojai Skate Club Ojai Skate club founded in 2020 and offers skate instruction, lessons, workshops and, more. This is their second year in the parade. Visit them on Instagram. 17. Jesse Siebenberg Jesse, Michele, Will and Scott Siebenburg. Jesse is a 22-year resident of Ojai with a beautiful 1956 Chevrolet short bed pickup truck. 18. Ojai Valley Democratic Club with Salud Carbajal, Julia Brownley, Monique Limon, Steve Bennett, Matt LaVere In order to stimulate active participation in governmental affairs and to foster and perpetuate the ideals and platform of the Democratic party, the Ojai Valley Democratic club works to: present local issue and candidate forums and panels. Endorse Democratic candidates, local measures, and state propositions, coordinate volunteers for get out the vote efforts through tabling, canvassing, phone and text banking, postcard and letter writing. Organize and network with neighboring clubs. 19. Ojai Art Center Theater As American as apple pie, THE MUSIC MAN serves up a delicious evening of entertainment for the whole family. Rolling into town to the music of THE WELLS FARGO WAGON. On the float are Harold Hill and Marian the Librarian, plus a gathering of some of the youngest

members of the cast: Samantha and Diego Morales, Abby Duclos, Kai Maal-King and Vive Giuliani. See the whole show, playing now at the Ojai Art Center Theater. 20. Turtle Conservancy 21. Danza Azteca Tonalli A community based dance group doing traditional AZTEC dancing. Many of the dancers are former OUSD alumni. We believe in equity, inclusion and equal access. We do not turn anyone down who is interested in learning. We offer this opportunity free of charge and any one can join. 22. Ventura County Model A Ford Club

25. Casitas Rowing Rowing shell named “Ojai Strong” with 5 athletes with oars … rowing. Both young and adult athletes. 26. Upper Ojai Search and Rescue 27. Ojai O’Daiko Ojai O’Daiko is a Japanese drum group founded in 2017. The instruments used are called taiko, meaning “big drum”. The mission of the drumming as well, provides opportunities to advance cultural awareness through performance and learning. The discipline of mind, body and spirit is the foundation of this art and establishes the true essene of taiko. Tri-ko. 28. Ojai Valley Land Conservancy

These Model A Fords presented by the Ventura County Model A Ford Club, have been on the road for over 90 years! Established in 1960 the group encourages preservation of the Model A Ford automobile built between the years 1929-1931. The Model A was the most reliable car of the era and can still be seen on many roads after 90 years of use. The owners enjoy taking them out for a drive with their running boards, rumble seats, spoke wheels and the famous AH_OOO_GA horn.

The Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) float celebrates America’s Birthday Party along with OVLC staff, board members and volunteers. The OVLC work truck and trailer decked out in red, white and blue is accompanied by hikers and bikers commemorating the 4th and honoring the open spaces of the Ojai Valley. Along with America’s Birthday the OVLC will a celebrating its upcoming 35th birthday on August 21st.

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Rancho Los Penas has been around for 10 years. Originally known as “Rancho Los Dos Amigos”. We are a charro group located in Oak View, dedicated to showing others our love for horses. Our group consists of our kids, brothers, nephews and family friends.

Our float/taxi the Pancake Express is decked out in its best American Birthday attire in service for the pancake breakfast and is representing the Lion’s Club for the parade.

24. Rotary Clubs of Ojai Living Treasures Ojai Living Treasures is a joint project with both Ojai Rotary Clubs. All the nominees are service minded and serve our community in many different ways; 6 are selected by committee, for 2022 they are: Gabriella, Teresa and Betty Vargas, Kara Hooper, Deidre Daly, Judy Norris, Johnny Johnston, Garrett Clifford.

29. Nordhoff High School Cheer

31. Ojai Valley Baseball League Baseball is an American family tradition. Ojai Valley Baseball League is home to youth baseball players throughout the valley. OVBL offers spring and fall baseball for boys and girls ages 3-14. 32. The CREW Showcasing the CREW’s youth employees and volunteers, who work hard to reduce the Ojai Valley’s fire risks and maintain our beloved trails in a


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youth-decorated red, white and blue themed truck and trailer.

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33. Ojai Film Festival

As we celebrate Americas Birthday party it is appropriate to share song, dance and gifts of kindness like food. We do this by offering the Ojai community the most sacred hymn from ancient India, the great Hare Krishna for deliverance.

50. American Vedic Association

Honoring the theme of America’s Birthday Party the float displays materials that reference several films, such as Yankee Doodle Dandy, Hamilton, A League of Their Own, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Lincoln, Hidden Figures, The Right Stuff and Field Of Dreams. On the float and walking beside it are OFF board members and volunteers.

51. LeAnne Daly LeAnne Daly is riding her Peruvian Paso gelding, Galan. Galan has been parading for 13 years. They are a breed of light saddle horses known for their smooth ride. Distinguished by a natural four beat, lateral gait called the paso llano. Galan will be 20 this month!

34. Ventura County Corvette Club Founded in 1958 Ventura County Corvette Club (VCCC) is one of the oldest Corvette clubs in the United States. Through the years the club has transitioned from a racing club to the current status of a driving/dining club. We are very enthusiastic about our cars, and believe that driving them is what it’s all about. We meet the 2nd Weds. of the month for dinner at Yolanda’s in Ventura at 5:00.

52. Ventura Sports and Base Car Club 53. Ojai CERT

35. Corsa West of Los Angeles Corvairs are a car of the 1960’s manufactured by the Chevrolet division of the General Motors Corp. They are powered by a 6 cylinder air cooled engine mounted in the rear. The Corvair was one of the first cars to offer an optional Turbo charged engine. During 10 years of production, 1960-1969 over 1,800,000 cars were built. They include sedans, coupe, convertibles and a station wagon. Also a line of trucks. 36. McCormick Enterprises UFOs have come to represent a uniquely American drive to explore the unknown. McCormick Enterprises has been filming an edu-tainment show about housing and homelessness in Ventura County and is excited to find a local audience. 37. Under Thinkers Overlanding group of Ventura County residents who love this Country!!! 38. River Rock Ranch

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39. Electrify Ojai As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, we also have reason to celebrate the amazing advancements that are bringing up the clean home of the future right now. 40. Point Mugu 4x4 club A Ventura County based 4x4 club that enjoys off-roading, trail maintenance and camping. We are a patriotic group of outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy stewarding our back country. 41. Ventura County Sheriffs Posse The Ventura County Sheriff’s posse riding with Sheriff Bill Ayub. Our posse members volunteer their time rescuing large animals during natural disasters and have been instrumental in supporting the Sheriff in various areas, including promoting youth programs that focus on animal husbandry, the great outdoors, and leadership skills. 42. Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

Building community support and displaying items from the Sheriff’s Office/Ojai Police Department. 43. Individual 4x4 vehicle 44. The Camarillo Cowboys The Camarillo Cowboys are a group of family and friends that love and enjoy riding on their free time. They’ve been in the horse community for about 15 years. Most of the horses enjoy dancing to the sound of instruments. These horses have all been family raised since the age of 6 months and are here to show you their skills! 45. Ojai International City of Peace Ojai City of Peace Walk for Peace is in our 8th year of service to the Ojai community. We are designated the 99th International City of Peace. There are 365 cities of peace around the world. Peace begins within each of us, young and old alike. The banner is carried by Ojai Peace founders Brian and Lisa Berman.

When CERT volunteers complete their training the participants are given a bag with safety gear. The participants in the parade are wearing their safety gear. 54. Ojai Valley Museum

HELP of Ojai HELP of Ojai is a social services organization offering six programs to Valley residents, including door to door transportation for older and disabled adults. We are excited to showcase our transportation vehicles in the parade! 47. CFROG Climate First: Replacing Oil and Gas Micheal Taylor is driving a KIA EV6 that has a range of 310 miles. Todd Crawford is in the full size pickup truck a RIVIAN R1T with 314 miles range. 48. Bryant Street Gym A gift of fit and fitness to the American people. Pole dancers displaying grace and strength led by Kelsie Foxx, weight lifters demonstrating power and commitment. Float guided with excitement and cheer by Shanae Kahler and Luis Mejia current owners.

Happy Birthday America! The Ojai Valley Museum celebrates another trip around the sun with a planet display of our solar system. Planets, stars and sun circle the sun in celebration. Join in the fun and visit your museum often. Enjoy this trip around the sun. 55. Ojai Valley Museum Dwayne Bower is driving a 1917 moving van decorated with a few historic images of Ojai from the museum’s collection. Visit your museum often to learn about Ojai history, art and culture. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 56. Ventura County Fire Department Station 21 Ventura County Fire Station #21 and Medic engine 21, 2016 Rosenbauer Commander, Type 1 fire engine, 500 gallons of water and can pump 1,500 gallons per min. Daily staffing is a Captain, Engineer and Firefighter Paramedic.


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