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Holtville carnival a community event, tradition

October 31, 2012|By KARINA LOPEZ | Staff Writer
  • Victor Telles, 3, plays a fishing game at the Finley Elementary School Halloween Carnival on Wednesday evening in Holtville.

HOLTVILLE – Marcy Bingham has been coming to the Halloween carnival at Emmett S. Finley Elementary School, ever since she was a little girl.

Now as an adult, Bingham is happy she can bring her own children to the event.

“It’s just sort of a Holtville tradition,” said Bingham of the carnival. “I’ve been coming to the carnival my whole life and it still feels the same. There is always a great group of people here.”

The event had a number of activities including a hay ride, dunk tank, bowling challenge and a haunted house.

While a majority of attendees were excited to enter the haunted house, a few like Larissa Hansen were happy just walking around and trick-or-treating at the nearby homes.

“I haven’t come in like three or four years,” said Larissa, a 16-year-old Holtville resident. “I decided to come out this year so I could bring my nephew. He seems to like it so far.”

In addition to the booths and games, the deep-pit barbecue dinner fundraiser was also a crowd favorite.

“The line has been extremely long all night,” said Mariana Garewal, Parent Teacher Organization president. “I think we’ve had a wonderful turnout this year.”

This was the first year other schools in the district had the opportunity to set up booths at the carnival, which Garewal believed helped draw a bigger crowd.

“We have some clubs from the high school here and the money they make will help them,” she said. “The high school’s art club put on the haunted house and they’ve worked really hard the last few days to get everything ready. We’re glad we’re able to continue offering this to the community.”

Staff Writer Karina Lopez can be reached at 760-337-3439 or


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