Carrot Queen Coronation Banquet
By Alfredo Guzman
The 2017 Carrot Queen Coronation Banquet was held at the Imperial Palms Resort and Hotel at Barbara Worth, February 3rd beginning at 6:30PM. Besides the Carrot Queen, the Princess and Junior Princess were also crowned and the 2017 Holtville Carrot Carnival Festival Parade Grand Marshals, Dave Garcia and Ruben Najera, were introduced. In attendance were the Holtville Chamber of Commerce officers, directors, staff and Holtville community members.
The night began with Master of Ceremonies Mark Allegranza welcoming everyone and the blessed invocation performed by Pastor Mike Beyet. Dinner and accommodations were provided by the Imperial Palms Resort at Barbara Worth. Live music was performed by the group “Good Enough”.
Honored Guests were presented to those in attendance and the 2017 Parade Grand Marshals, Dave Garcia and Ruben Najera, were introduced. The President’s Award was given to Holtville Chamber of Commerce Treasurer Mary Bornt. After accepting the President’s Award Bornt addressed those in attendance and said, “Well, I’m from Holtville. Born at the Holtville doctors office. Married at the Holtville church. Went to Holtville High. There’s no place in the world like Holtville. Thank you.”
The highlight of the night was the announcement of who would become the 2017 Carrot Festival Queen and Court. First, Junior Princess Maya Taylor was crowned. Princess Anne Britschgi was crowned next. Finally, Sadie Allegranza was crowned 2017 Carrot Festival Queen.
The first duty of the 2017 Carrot Festival Court was to assist with the raffle. Carrot Festival Queen and Court participants sold raffle tickets to raise funds for the Chamber of Commerce. Tickets sold acted as votes toward coronation. The participant who sold the most tickets was crowned in each of their respective categories. Many items were donated to be raffled off, including gift baskets, gift cards to local businesses and bottles of wine.
The major raffle items were a $500 check donated by the Holtville Chamber of Commerce won by Jeremy Tucker and a large screen television won by Charles Cliff. The night was capped off with Marc Allegranza leading the crowd with the singing of “Happy Birthday” to 80 year old Angie De La Rosa, who is the grandmother of the recently crowned 2017 Carrot Festival Queen Sadie Allegranza.