HOLTVILLE — A jovial group of senior citizens gathered in the Civic Center here for the seniors/snowbirds cooking contest Wednesday afternoon.
Sylvia Nelson, co-chairman of the Carrot Festival Cooking Contest, asked those present to give a little information about themselves.
Many Canadians from various walks of life were among those present. Some have been coming to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management campground east of Holtville for nearly 20 years.
Yvonne Huddleston of Great Falls, Mont., is known at the BLM grounds as the "Carrot Festival Pusher." Huddleston talks people into competing in the Carrot Festival cooking contests. She even finds recipes for others if necessary.
Marina Williams of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was one of those talked into entering by Huddleston.
"I used a recipe that called for pumpkin and changed it to carrots," Williams said. "I took the dish to the ‘American Thanksgiving' we celebrated in the desert, and Yvonne said, ‘That's a winner.'"