ARCADE

1st Place

GOLF N’ STUFF, 5555 Walker St., Ventura, 805-644-7131

2nd Place

VENTURA HARBOR VILLAGE, 1583 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 805-477-0470

3rd Place

BUENA LANES, 1788 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura, 805-677-7770

BEACH

1st Place

VENTURA STATE BEACH

2nd Place

SILVER STRAND BEACH

3rd Place

SURFERS POINT

BIKE TRAIL

1st Place

VENTURA RIVER TRAIL

2nd Place

VENTURA PIER PROMENADE

3rd Place

ARROYO VERDE

BOWLING

1st Place

BUENA LANES, 1788 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura, 805-677-7770

2nd Place

DISCOVERY VENTURA, 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura, 805-856-2695

3rd Place

HARLEY’S CAMARILLO BOWL, 305 Arneill Road (Pickwick Center), Camarillo, 805-482-0747

CAMPGROUND

1st Place

LAKE CASITAS, www.casitaswater.org/lower.php?url=camping

2nd Place

EMMA WOOD, www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=604

3rd Place

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/camping.htm

CAR SHOW

1st Place

OXNARD CRUISE NIGHT, downtownoxnard.org/cruise/

2nd Place

SANTA PAULA CRUISE NIGHT, First Fridays

3rd Place

CAMARILLO FIESTA AND STREET FAIR, www.camarillofiesta.com

CHARITY EVENT

1st Place

CASA PACIFICA ANGELS WINE, FOOD & BREW FESTIVAL, 1 University Drive, CSU, Channel Islands, Camarillo, 805-366-4011

2nd Place

VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL, venturamusicfestival.org

3rd Place

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, RELAY FOR LIFE OF VENTURA, relay4lifeventura@gmail.com, https://goo.gl/KxscvE

CULTURAL EVENT

1st Place

ARTWALK VENTURA, www.artwalkventura.org

2nd Place

VENTURA STREET FAIR, JULY 4

3rd Place

SURF RODEO, 205 N. Garden St., Ventura. 805-628-9083

GOLF COURSE

1st Place

OJAI VALLEY INN, 905 Country Club Drive, Ojai, 805-697-8780

2nd Place

BUENAVENTURA GOLF COURSE, 5882 Olivas Park Drive, Ventura, 805-677-6772

3rd Place

RIVER RIDGE GOLF CLUB, 2401 W. Vineyard Ave., Oxnard, 805-983-4653

HIKING TRAIL

BEST PLACE FOR HAPPY HIKING
Happy Camp Canyon Regional Park
14105 Broadway, Moorpark
www.mrca.ca.gov

There are some amazing hiking trails throughout our county, and everyone knows where they are — meaning, you’re likely to run into lots of other hikers. Happy Camp in Moorpark is one place where you might get to catch your breath with some real alone time.
Happy Camp Canyon Regional Park is a 3,000 acre wilderness area managed by the Mountains Conservation and Recreation Authority (MCRA) through an agreement with Ventura County. It is well-known by the local equestrian community as a great and convenient (i.e., good trailer access) spot to enjoy a trail ride away from the home barn with few hikers or bikers. Mountain bikes are allowed but some trails have deep, thick sandy or chalky areas that might deter some riders.
Decades ago the area was cattle grazing land, and you can find signs of that past, such as fencing, water troughs and gates, throughout the park. The 12.5 miles of trail offer loops from easy to strenuous and, depending on the time of year, the area can be lush and green with gorgeous wild flowers, or brown and dry with majestic oak groves. Deer, mountain lions and bobcats live in the park, so be conscious about packing out what you pack in. Beware of Chalk Hill, however, which carries an infamous reputation for getting rutted out by rains — it is challenging for even the most trusted trail horse or hiker, if not impassable.
The park has a year-round spring created by deep groundwater basins. Hikers who offer a carrot might coax horseback riders to share this watering spot, which is off the main trail.
A few words about sharing the trail with horses: Say hello as soon as you see the horse — it helps the horse (and the rider) know you’re a friend. Those on bikes should stop. It is an inconvenience, and every horseback rider knows it, but they appreciate it.
Note that leashed dogs are allowed only on certain trails between the parking lots and the first gates, to protect the sensitive habitat areas of the preserve, and all trail users are asked to stay on the trail. Dogs off leash are NOT allowed anywhere in the park.
Restrictions aside, the area offers a wonderful series of trails for outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts. Go hiking . . . and be Happy.
— Story and photos by Kimberly Rivers

1st Place

ARROYO VERDE PARK, Ventura

2nd Place

CHUMASH TRAIL, POINT MUGU STATE PARK, www.parks.ca.gov

3rd Place

VENTURA BOTANICAL GARDENS INC., www.venturabotanicalgardens.com, 805-232-3113

FUN FOR KIDS AND ADULTS

1st Place

GOLF N’ STUFF, 5655 Walker St., Ventura, 805-644-7131

2nd Place

DOJOBOOM, 193 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks, 805-410-4690

3rd Place

SKATING PLUS, 1720 Mesa Verde Ave., Ventura, 805-644-2121

LOCAL ATHLETE

1st Place

MARY OSBORNE, SURFING

2nd Place

SAGE ERICKSON, SURFING

3rd Place

KIEFER COOKSEY, SOCCER

LOCAL SPORTS TEAM

1st Place

BUENA HIGH SCHOOL BULLDOGS

2nd Place

VENTURA HIGH SCHOOL COUGARS

3rd Place

ADOLFO CAMARILLO HIGH SCHOOL SCORPIONS

MUSEUM

1st Place

RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 805-522-2977

2nd Place

MUSEUM OF VENTURA COUNTY, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-653-0323

3rd Place

CHANNEL ISLANDS MARITIME MUSEUM, 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard, 805-984-6260

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

1st Place

EMBASSY SUITES MANDALAY BEACH, 2101 Mandalay Beach Road, Oxnard, 805-984-2500

2nd Place

CROWNE PLAZA VENTURA BEACH, 450 E. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, 805-648-2100

3rd Place

WESTLAKE VILLAGE INN, 31943 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, 818-889-0230

PLACE TO SWIM

1st Place

VENTURA AQUATIC CENTER, 901 S. Kimball Road, Ventura, 805-654-7511

2nd Place

LAKE CASITAS WATER ADVENTURE, 11311 Santa Ana Road, Ventura, 805-649-1122

3rd Place

PUNCH BOWLS, Los Padres National Forest, Santa Paula

SKATE PARK

1st Place

OXNARD SKATEPARK, 3250 S Rose Ave., Oxnard

2nd Place

CAMARILLO SKATEPARK, Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo

3rd Place

VENTURA WEST SKATEPARK / AVENUE SKATEPARK

SURF SCHOOL

1st Place

VENTURA MAKOS SURF CAMP, Ventura, 805-312-0713, www.venturamakossurfcamp.com

2nd Place

MARY OSBORNE SURF CAMPS, 1225 E. Main St., Ventura, 805-973-7263, www.maryosbornesurf.com

3rd Place

SILVER STRAND SURF SCHOOL, 805-426-0765, www.silverstrandsurfschool.com

SURF SPOT

1st Place

C-STREET/SURFERS POINT

2nd Place

MONDOS

3rd Place

RINCON

TENNIS COURT

1st Place

PIERPONT RACQUET CLUB, 500 Sanjon Road, Ventura, 805-648-5161

2nd Place

CAMINO REAL PARK, Dean Drive and Varsity Drive, Ventura, 805-652-4550

3rd Place

LIBBEY PARK, 210 S. Signal St., Ojai, 805-646-5581

YACHT CLUB

1st Place

CHANNEL ISLANDS YACHT CLUB, 4100 Harbor Blvd., Channel Islands Harbor, 805-985-2492

2nd Place

VENTURA YACHT CLUB, 1755 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, 805-642-0426

3rd Place

PACIFIC CORINTHIAN YACHT CLUB, 2600 Harbor Blvd., Oxnard, 805-985-7292