Some of the press reports from around the time of the Holtville 60th Annual Carrot Festival
Holtville Tribune, Valley Progress and Imperial Valley News
|Holtville Carrot Festival Kicks Off Tonight
The 60th Annual Holtville Carrot Festival gets under way this evening, with the selection of a new Citizen of the Year and a Carrot Festival Royal Court.
There are five nominees for Citizen of the Year. they are David Strong, Mike Johnson, Ruth Chambers and the late Joel Chambers, Elvira and Enrique Alvarado and Ben and Judy Abatti.
Last year’s citizen was Scott Hester who was presented the award posthumously after he passed away in an untimely airplane accident.
The Citizen of the Year is selected by a committee made up of Chamber of Commerce members and selected based on outstanding contributions to the community throughout an individual or couple’s lives.
Past Citizens of the Year have included Kevin and Kim Grizzle, Joe Muller, Margie Stacey, Angie Garcia and Roy and Marion Schaffner.
Each candidate will be recognized during the banquet at the Barbara Worth Country Club. Dinner is set to begin at 7 p.m. with the program to start at 8 p.m. Tickets are available through the Chamber of commerce for $25.00 each. Or they can be purchased at the door. HOLTVILLE’S CARROT FESTIVAL QUEEN for 2007 will carry on a tradition which dates back to 1947.
The first Carrot Festival Queen, Charlotte Johnston, will act as Grand Marshal for the Carrot Festival Parade scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007 at 10 a.m.
There are 14 candidates for the three Royalty positions: The Carrot Festival Queen, The Carrot Festival Princess and the Carrot Festival Junior Princess.
There are three Queen candidates, three princess candidates and eight Junior Princess candidates. (See the candidate profiles elsewhere in this edition of the Holtville Tribune.).
They will pass out ribbons and preside over all the Carrot Festival activities during the week.
Last year’s royalty will be on hand to pass out the crowns to this year’s winners. They are Queen Maggie Zhu, Princess Caitlyn Lerma and Junior Princess Mallory Merten.
Saturday will mark the return of the Carrot Festival Golf Tournament which is played at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort. About 100 golfers will tee it up for cash and prizes in a scramble format.
Not only will they get to play golf and get use of a cart, they will get lunch afterward to go along with the prizes. Registrations at 7 a.m. at the golf course and play is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.
The weekend wouldn’t be complete without a little barbecue.
The Holtville Rotary Club wills stage its annual Super Bowl Barbecue on Sunday, Feb. 4th. It will give everyone a chance to get some good home cooking before the game, which is scheduled to start at 3:20 p.m. The barbecue will take place form 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be drive-thru service and if you want to eat in the park you can do that too.
It will be held in Holt Park behind the Civic Center, just off Holt Avenue. Order early and have something to much on during the game.
THE CARROT COOKING CONTESTS will begin Monday evening at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center. Each night will bring together a new age group and event leading up to the Sweepstakes on Friday, Feb. 9th. That night the overall winner will be chosen from the winners of each event. There will be children’s events, snowbird events and specialty events each evening. A complete schedule of cooking contests appears in this issue on Page eight.
The Cooking Contests are put on each year by the Holtville Soroptimists Club and its members.
THE CARROT FESTIVAL MILE will also take place Saturday before the big parade. It starts at Fifth Street in front of Holt Park and the races go east down the street. A 5K run will precede the other events which take in several mile races and a relay for all participants. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top finisher’s, as well as trophies and ribbons.
Saturday is the big day for the parade down Fifth street, the arts and crafts show, the food booths and the bargain booths all located in Holt Park. You can find plenty to eat and plenty of unusual items to look at too.
In addition, The Carrot Festival Carnival sets up on Sixth Street this year immediately adjacent to the park. It will make it easier for children and adults to enjoy the carnival and the park activities without crossing the street.
On Sunday the Dia De Familia will take place in Holt Park. It’s a chance for families to try out their special recipes and a chance for the public to sample some of the best cooking in the Southwest. Come early and bring your appetite.
There will be prizes awarded for the best food and best booth as well as a return of many of the arts and crafts show booths. More information is available by calling the Chamber at 356-2923.
|Holtville Carrot Parade celebrated by thousands
By JONATHAN DALE, Staff Writer
Sunday, February 11, 2007 12:55 AM PST
HOLTVILLE — Amid the bright orange of hundreds of free carrots and the smell of fish tacos came the sounds of mariachi horns and high school bands, as the Imperial Valley celebrated the 60th annual Holtville Carrot Festival Parade on Saturday.
Thousands of spectators began lining Fifth Street as early as 8 a.m. Saturday in the hopes of getting a good view of the 105 floats and other assorted entries assembled to remember “60 Years of Treasured Memories,” the theme of this year’s festival parade.
“It’s awesome,” Manuel Nuñez, Holtville Chamber of Commerce president, said of the 60th anniversary. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Struggling to be heard over the cheers and applause accompanying each entry, Nuñez said he was glad so many showed up to celebrate the event, as it’s the goal of city leaders to continuing making the gala inclusive to the entire Valley.
“It’s to bring the whole Valley together, to have everybody over and enjoy the city of Holtville,” Nuñez said. “It’s a Valleywide event.”
With a heavily condensed crowd looking on, everything from trailer beds full of Finley Elementary students to low-riding hot rods could be seen traversing the half mile between Maple and Cedar avenues, as hundreds entered the parade to lend their smiles and waves.
Saddled between Cattle Call royalty and the self-proclaimed Carrot Road Warriors were members of the Holtville High cheerleading squad, their green uniforms contrasting sharply with the red fire engine they had perched themselves on.
“I hope (people) had fun, because I think that’s what the festival is all about,” 17-year-old Holtville High cheerleading captain Lashae Shawver said. “I hope they get to meet new people, too.”
Lashae said she couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the history and identity of this small but thriving agricultural city.
“Since we are the carrot capital of the world, I think this really symbolizes our town,” she said.
Even for those few who don’t enjoy a good parade, a veritable marketplace and carnival filled Holt Park as the procession passed by, providing plenty to do for those attending the event.
“I like it because you get to spend time with your family, and I don’t get to see them a lot,” 15-year-old Julian Rodriguez, a Holtville native who now lives in Las Vegas, said.
“It’s pretty great,” 13-year-old Oscar Padilla of Holtville said. “It keeps us entertained.”
Personalities cruise through city
|“It’s good to see all the community get out and be involved together because
Holtville is the carrot capital of the world,” Stolarczyk, who runs the virtual
World Carrot Museum at www.carrotmuseum.com, said.Via his Web site — which contains nearly 150 pages of carrot information and
pictures — Stolarczyk strives to keep track of the carrot industry and carrot
events around the world. He pledged Saturday to devote plenty of space in
detailing his time spent in Holtville this weekend.
“(The festival) is a whole new 10 pages of Web site for me,” Stolarczyk said. “I’ll have to have this festival as a separate section for the museum.”
Chiplis’ claim to fame is that he has collected plastic carrot bags since 1974, compiling as many as 1,000 different bags over three decades.
Adorned with a pair of carrot boxers pulled over his pants, Chiplis has seen the Holtville Carrot Festival before, when he was grand marshal in 1989. A lot has changed, he said, in the past 18 years.
“There are definitely more people involved this time around,” Chiplis said. “Being that this is the 60th year, it’s kind of a monumental event.”
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