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Holtville Farmers Market Returns Thursday

DSC_0289[1](Holtville, CA) The City of Holtville will host the Farmers Market and Street Fair on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5pm to 9pm in Holt Park. Holt Park is located at 121 W. Fifth Street in the City of Holtville.  This month’s theme is “Celebrating President’s Day”. Entertainment will be provided by Ellen Underwood’s Pine School Kindergarten Class.  The students will be singing patriotic songs.  The Holtville Middle School cheerleaders will also be performing.  Raffle prizes donated by the vendors will be given out at this event.

“We invite you to come to the Holtville Farmers Market and Street Fair to stock up on farm fresh produce, delicious foods and baked goods” stated Farmers Market Coordinator and Holtville City Clerk Glyn Snyder, CMC.

These family friendly events are held on the third Thursday of every month in Holt Park. The events are free and open to the public, feature fresh produce and a wide variety of delicious, healthy and ready to eat food.  The Farmers Market also features live entertainment and unique hand created goods and fine art, as well as cooking demonstrations.

One of the objectives of these events is to provide a source of locally grown fresh produce.  There will be a gardening demonstration. Vince Zazueta will talk about backyard gardening and composting. The demonstration is free and will be open to the public. Mr. Zazueta manages the Sixth Street Garden and the El Centro Community Center Garden.

“This is the first year of Cheerleading at the Holtville Middle School. Cheer is one of the activities of the  ASES Program at the Middle School. The Cheerleaders will be performing at 6:30 pm in Holt Park.  They are preparing for an upcoming competition in March at Knott’s Berry Farm. This will be their first competition. Coach Loren Layton has been involved in cheer since she attended Holtville High School, where she was a co- Captain in her cheerleading squad.  She has coached Holtville Cheer for the last four years and also teaches fourth grade at Finley Elementary. They have learned a lot of new stunts”, noted City Council Member Ginger Ward.

“Holtville’s Farmers Market and Street Fair enhances the outstanding quality of life enjoyed by our residents and visitors alike”, noted Mayor David Bradshaw. “Come on down and join us for dinner. We promise that you and your family will enjoy a delicious meal. You will have a great time!”

“It not only gives our city the opportunity to show everyone the new additions, but gives the citizens time to get out and see friends and family.  An evening to visit and enjoy food, entertainment and good weather during our winter months,” noted Holtville City Council Member Ginger Ward.

“What I like about the Farmers Market most are the people.  At every one of these events I have run into friends that I have not seen in a long time. Many of them are visiting from out of town. Also, I like seeing all of the families spending time together,” noted Holtville City Council Member Richard Layton.

“The Holtville Farmers Market is just another way to bring people to our city, giving them a chance to experience that Holtville charm. I think that people like to come to Holtville, and by adding these kinds of events, we give them another reason to come to Holtville and spend time here”, noted Holtville City Council Member James Predmore.

“One of the joys of living in Holtville is the Farmers Market and Street Fair.   I love being able to buy homemade items, many from Holtville and the Imperial Valley.  Depending on the season, you just might find your favorite vegetable too!  Please come and join us as a vendor or participant this fall for some great gifts as well,” said City Council Member David Bradshaw.

“The Holtville Farmers Market and Street Fairs are a local economic development initiative. Holtville is growing business. These “Third Thursday” events are a great opportunity for small businesses to interact directly with the consumer. We expect over 1,000 people to attend this event. There is even a role for charitable and community organizations. A number of churches and community groups that have participated in these events have found them to be an outstanding way to both raise awareness of and funds for their organizations,” noted Holtville City Manager Alex Meyerhoff.

Produce and Natural product vendors include Holtville High School’s Future Business Leader’s of America, Quihuis Fresh Produce, Marilyn’s Country Store pickled vegetables, jams and jellies, Green Acres produce, Marisol’s Floral Shop fresh cut flowers and plants and Sandy Loam Farms fresh produce and herbs.  Patty’s Roadside Produce will be selling chicken kabobs and corn on the cob.

Delicious Bites vendors will include United Methodist Church’s baked goods, First Assembly of God’s nachos, pepper bellies and popcorn, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church tostados, Cookies by Chris, Lovio’s Kettle Corn and Shaved Ice, Wild West Kettle Corn, El Rey Del Taco, Old Town Restaurant’s carne asada tacos and hotdogs, Spear’s Shaved Ice, Sweet Blessings baked goods, and Calexico High School Class of 82 will be selling sodas and water.  Funnel cake will be provided by Guillermo Chavez and Hot Rods and Beer will be selling their famous ribs.

For more information please call Glyn Snyder, City Clerk at 760-356-4170 for more information.