To help pass the time while judging was done, Linda Britschgi of Holtville demonstrated how to make cookies in a waffle iron. The tasty cookies only took a minute to bake in the iron. Soroptimist Club members also gave out door prizes during the evening.
Karamia Thompson, 10, of El Centro won in the Little Chefs contest with Kara's Magic Carrot Salad. Karamia is in the fourth grade at Sunflower Elementary School. She is the daughter of Steve Thompson and Karol Counce. Karol was the winner of last year's sweepstakes cooking contest. Karamia's four-layer Jello salad called for pretzels, butter, brown sugar, cream cheese, KoolWhip and fresh strawberries in addition to four cups of grated carrots.
Mary Higgenbottom, 7, of Holtville, earned second place with Carrot Cookies. She is the daughter of Jamie and Christy Higgenbottom. Kaitlyn Williams, 5, of El Centro placed third with Carrot Apricot Butter. She is the daughter of Mark and Anna Williams and is in kindergarten at McCabe Union Elementary south of El Centro.
Brooke Plourd, 11, a sixth-grader at Holtville Middle School, took first place in the middle school division with Carrot Salsa. She is the daughter of Jeff and Delu Plourd. Brooke found her recipe on the Internet and added "a few more carrots." This is her third year entering the cooking contests She studies cooking with Verde 4-H.
Kimberly Schiltz, 12, a seventh-grader at Holtville Middle School, placed second with Carrot Snowman Casserole and third with Carrot Cheesecake. Kimberly has been coming to the contests for years with her mother, Angela Marlow, and her older sisters.
Carrot Chicken and Biscuit garnered the top prize in the high school division for Sarah Short, 15, a sophomore at Holtville High School. Sarah has been competing in the contest since the third grade. She is the daughter of Angela Marlow. Sarah's mother and great-grandmother, Clara Gutierrez, helped her find recipes. Her cooking skills earned Sarah honorable mention with Carrot Pecan Cake. Sarah had to make the cake twice. Her dog ate her first effort.
Kalli Stergios, 16, a sophomore at Holtville High, took second place with Coca-Cola Carrot Cake. Kalli's parents are George and Greta Stergios. This recipe also came off the Internet.
Carrot Beef Wellington did well for Theresa Short, 16, earning her third place. A junior at Holtville High, she found the recipe in the Pampered Chef cookbook and added extra carrots. Theresa has entered the cooking contests since fourth grade, winning Little Chefs once and the high school division the last two years. Theresa's mother is Angela Marlow.
Judges for the contests were Matt Turner, Rose Von Flue, Kim Bonniksen and Tamee Valenzuela. Sylvia Nelson and Margie Stacey, Holtville's newest citizen of the year recipient, chaired the event.