Miller Discusses Carrot Festival
By Alfredo Guzman
Becky Miller is the Holtville Chamber of Commerce manager. This is her second year helping organize the Holtville Chamber of Commerce Carrot Festival. Miller has stated an interest in further enhancing the overall experience of the Carrot Festival, with increased and varied live entertainment and more carnival rides targeted toward older kids.
Becky Miller grew up in Holtville and graduated with the Holtville High School class of 1971. She worked for the Department of the Navy as a civilian in the contracting and acquisitions office writing and signing contracts for the military. She acquired her degree in Business Administration at the University of La Verne while working fulltime and raising kids.
“Me and my kids would do homework at the same time.”, she said. She retired from working for the Federal Government and moved back to Holtville in 2012.
“I got bored (being retired). So I decided to try the job at the Chamber,” she added. Her work experience and degree in Business have been assets in helping keep this year’s Carrot Festival well organized.
Miller has stated, “I want the Carrot Festival to be family oriented and a place where you might run into old friends and have a good time together.” She has also pushed for more entertainment from outside of the Imperial Valley.
“We want the Imperial Valley to experience different cultures so we brought in the Polynesian dance group “Kaliloa O’ Kaleo’ onalani.” Not a lot of people from “Letters were sent out to for entertainment sponsorships. Thank you to the generous folks who responded,” said Miller.
Tim Hurley & Coastal Country, from Playa Del Rey are another group from outside of the Imperial Valley that will also be playing at the Carrot Festival.
“They are coming to us from performing at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. They came down to share their music with us for free. We’ll be putting them up at the Imperial Palms Resort as a thank you to them. But they are playing for free,” said Miller.
Tim Hurley & Coastal Country will be performing Saturday February 11th, 12 p.m. -4 p.m. and Sunday February 12th, 12 p.m. – 2p.m.. Local band Megan Strahm & The True Blues will also be performing at the Carrot Festival, Sunday February 12th, 2 p.m. – 4p.m.
“My thing is to make this more of a gathering for family and friends. For everyone to enjoy themselves and have a good time,” said Miller.
“We have added three extra carnival rides for the older kids to enjoy. Vertigo, Mardi Gras and Foot Loose.” she said.
“I would like to thank the Chamber for their patience and support, and also thank my Festival Coordinator Raquel Zinn. I would also like to thank all the volunteers and help we have received from the community of Holtville,” said Miller.
The Carrot Festival Carnival Midway opens Thursday February 9th from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. and will continue until Sunday February 12th opening at 11p.m..
The Carrot Festival Parade will be Saturday February 12th, beginning at 10 a.m.. The festivities round out Sunday, with live music, food vendors and the Carnival Midway.
Go out and have a good time at the 70th Annual Holtville Carrot Festival!