Citrus Classic Balloon Festival

Sunset Wine Dinner at Limoneira Ranch, Santa Paula


ne of the most unique al fresco dining experiences in the county, the Sunset Wine Dinner paired hot air balloons and local wines to raise funds for a collection of area non-profits: Interface Children & Family Services, Santa Clara Valley Hospice, Future Farmers of America, CERT, First Five Neighborhoods for Learning, Santa Clara River Valley Boys & Girls Club, Rancho Camulos Museum, Santa Paula High School Athletics, Santa Paula High School Band, and Santa Paula Police Explorers.

Sponsors included Heidi Whitcomb and Ventura Rental Center, Fred Evans and his Gold Coast Team, and beverage partners Cantara Cellars, Four Brix, The Wine Rack, and Ventura Limoncello Company.

Members of Food Share, Food For Thought, California Women For Agriculture, Ag Futures Alliance, Houwelings, Rincon Insectary, Gils Onions, Calavo, and Limoneira provided agricultural outreach activities for young attendees. Photo by Michael Gonzales.

Lois Denardo, Mary O’Neil, Cliff Scott, and Rikki Scott, hosted by Woo and Sharon Ferrell of Camarillo. Photo by Jan Spaziano.

The event’s most popular attraction, Evening Balloon Glow, draws some 8,000 people to watch illuminated hot air balloons take to the sky after sunset.Photo by Mark Jansen.

Photo by Jim Martin.

Photo by Mark Jansen.

Photo by Mark Jansen.


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