Grand marshal candidates get CVD under way
Annual festival starts April 28
by Shirley Appleman

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THOUSAND OAKS - Conejo Valley Days kicked into gear Tuesday with the introduction of grand marshal candidates for the 37th annual community festival.

This year's Conejo Valley Days is April 28 through May 2.

The grand marshal candidates are Kathy "Cat Ballou" McLean, "Diamond Dan" Urbaniak and Lance "The Cow-Wash Guys" Winslow.

McLean attended her first CVD celebration in 1963, when she was 4 years old.

"The parade started at the old Conejo Lodge and ended at the Janss Mall parking lot," she recalled.  "For one week a year this town turned into a Western movie set, only the cowboys were real."

A real estate agent, McLean chose Tammy Smith and Michelle Steinle to manage her campaign, which she has designated to benefit multiple sclerosis, Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank, and the Ventura County Shelter for Battered Women.

Winslow promises to be a scrappy contender for the title.

"I've never lost anything," he said, enumerating a long list of achievements, beginning with senior class president of Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, president of Future Business Leaders, and Junior Olympics champion in track.  "I've always competed."

Winslow's wife, Leslie, heads up his campaign team, which is dedicated to athletic teams from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Newbury Park and Oak Park high schools as well as the American Youth Soccer Organization, Boy Scouts and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Urbaniak, a 34-year-old bachelor who is "doing this just so I can look for a wife," has one distinct advantage: a campaign team of fellow Kiwanis Club members, headed up by former candidates Ray "Boom Boom" Carafelli and "Buffalo Bob" Rickards.  Kiwanis has a long list of philanthropies which it supports with year-round fundraising.

Each of the candidates was ready with a prepared list of fund-raising events; the candidate who raises the most money by 5 p.m. April 23 wins.

Reprinted from the News Chronicle, March 10, 1993.

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