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2002 Holtville Carrot Festival

January 19, 2002|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer
  • Festival hula girls Nina Nilson (top row, from left), Jane Anderholt, Lois Sparlin, Joanie Scroggs (bottom row, from left), Susie Wright and Jaime Fergusson pose.

HOLTVILLE: The 55th annual Carrot Festival is set for Jan. 25 through Feb. 3.

This year's theme, "Holtville: A Small Part Of A Great Nation," is in keeping with the patriotic fervor sweeping across the country since Sept. 11.

Jake Gutierrez Sr., activities director at The Valley Inn, came up with the theme.

The annual Chamber of Commerce citizen of the year banquet, combined with the naming of the Carrot Festival queen, princess and junior princess will kick off the festivities Jan. 25 at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort.

Gene Wilcox and Arlene Van Bebber are in charge of the contests and Laura Goodsell is chairing the banquet.

On Jan. 26 the Carrot Festival Golf Tournament will be staged at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort. Gary Chilcott and Doug Byram coordinate the event. On Jan. 27 the Soroptimist barbecue will start at Holt Park at 11:30 a.m.

The popular carrot cooking contests, also sponsored by the Holtville Soroptimists, will be at the Civic Center from Jan. 28 through Feb. 1. Sweepstakes cooking finals will be at Holtville High School.


Information about the cooking contests is available at the chamber. Margie Stacey, Joan Jencks and Sylvia Nelson ramrod the cooking contests.

Much to the delight of local youngsters, B&B Amusements of Yuma rolls into town early the week of Jan. 25. The midway will be open Thursday through Sunday. Carnival ride ticket books are on sale for $15 at a numerous businesses around town. The ticket books are a $30 value.

Carrot Festival parade day activities start early Feb. 2. Those in charge of food and craft booths start setting up at sunrise.

Runners are invited to enter the Carrot Festival Mile or the 5K Carrot Classic on Feb. 2. Registration is at 6:30 a.m. in front of Parker's Pharmacy on the day of the parade. For information about the run contact Gary Rust at The Valley Inn at 356-1262.

The parade will start at 10 a.m., with parade marshal J.T. Boswell near the front of the line-up. The parade will include Carrot Festival royalty in addition to marching bands, floats, cars and tractors and mounted groups.

Following the parade there will be a classic car and tractor show and the student art show. Entertainment will be provided in the park from noon to 4 p.m. Linda Layton is chairing the car and tractor show and Lance Burfield is chairing the art show.

Sylvia Muller, in her second term as president of the Holtville chamber, is happy with the way the festival is expanding.

"It is a great community, family-oriented effort and everyone is working to make it bigger each year," she said.

Marty Dineley, Carrot Festival coordinator, is working on her fourth festival. She has been laboring almost non-stop for more than two months. There is a large selection of Carrot Festival T-shirts for sale at the chamber office. In keeping with the theme, a carrot man is saluting the flag in front of a map of the United States on the T-shirts.

Dineley said there will be many carrot products to sample, from carrot juice and barbecued carrots to carrot desserts.

"Everything is going so smoothly this year," Dineley said. "All the booth forms are coming in on time. We already have more than half the park reserved, and we have great entertainment lined up."

Sunday's Rib Cook-Off will move from Holt Park this year. To accommodate ever-increasing numbers of visitors to the popular event, the cook-off is going to be in Ralph Samaha Park a half block north of Holt Park.

People movers will be available to help people who parked at a distance. Doug Bryam and Rudy Schaffner are chairing the Holtville Athletic Club sponsored activity.

The new location will give people a little more room and allow the HAC to oblige more teams than in the past, Byram said.

The Navy's Blue Angels pilots and support staff will be judges as in years past. The judges choice top award carries a $1,000 prize. A homemade ice cream contest will again be sponsored by the HAC. A country-western band will provide entertainment.

The Rib Cook-Off winners will be announced after 2:30 p.m., allowing visitors time to get home for the 2002 Super Bowl at 4 p.m.

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