HOLTVILLE — Visions of carrots are filling many an Imperial Valley resident’s head as the 73rd Annual Carrot Festival again promises the best family fun in a small town.
Holtville Chamber of Commerce Manager Rosie Allegranza noted she is very
excited to be part of coordinating the event.
town means so much to me as I bleed green and gold,” she said. “I
definitely have a lot of help from my directors, volunteers and close friends
helping out as needed. I am learning along the way and am so proud and feel
blessed to serve Holtville.”
Jan. 31-Feb. 9 week-long schedule of activities fast approaching in
mid-January, the Carrot Festival Royalty Court contestants were preparing for
the speech part of their competition. It was held Jan. 29 in the Holtville Civic
Center and after this newspaper’s deadline.
required to explain what inspired them to participate in the contest and answer
what royalty means to each of them, Allegranza explained.
candidate Alexis Piper, 14, said other activities perhaps prepared her for
seeking the crown.
of the things I most enjoy is cheerleading,” said Alexis. “I spent
nine years in youth cheer programs and am currently co-captain the Holtville
High School junior varsity cheerleading squad.”
Roeseler, 12, a Princess candidate, said she was enjoying the opportunity to
get to know people in Holtville.
family and I are not from this town (originally) but I would like to make an
impact in Holtville as my home town,” said Lexee. “I like the
community and it is very supportive of everyone who lives here.”
candidate, Carmella Vallencia, 9, a cheer captain of the Viking Mighty Mites,
added, “I would love to meet new people and would love to represent
Holtville in all the parades.”
Princess hopeful Brytni Valenzuela, 6, of El Centro, said she would be proud to
win the title and represent Holtville, a venture consistent with her ambitions.
new things is something I care about the most,” she said.
Banquet and Recognition
Coronation Banquet will take place Jan. 31 at the Imperial Valley Swiss Club.
It begins at 6 p.m. with a dinner of tri-tip roast or chicken. Ticket are $35
each and available at the chamber, or $40 at the door.
as per tradition delights in recognizing the Citizen of the Year. This year’s
recipient will be Holtville Fire Department Chief Alex Silva.
very surprised,” Silva admitted. “I’m humbled by everything. I think
others were far more deserving but I do appreciate it.”
Festival carnival runs Feb. 6-9 from 4-10 p.m. adjacent to Holt Park. Some of
the highlights of the many rides include the Vertigo, Zipper, Frog Hopper,
Scrambler, Dizzy Dragon and Alien Invasion.
between three and five coupons. A pre-sale booklet of 30 coupons costs $20. A
pre-sale ride wristband available at the chamber office at 101 W. Fifth St. costs
$22 and allows one person to ride all day for one day. An on-site wristband
costs $27. An individual coupon costs $1. A sheet of 25 coupons is $23. A sheet
of 80 coupons is $70.
Fest Kickoff Concert is scheduled for Feb. 7 from 7-10 p.m. and takes place on
Holt Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets. Headlining will be Sweet Rock
playing favorites from the 1980s and 1990s, as well as some country music.
There will be a beer garden along with a projected 30 food vendors.
The Big Day
Festival’s big day will be Feb. 8 with races, a parade, drumline competition
and street fair.
annual Festival Races get under way adjacent to Holt Park at 7 a.m. with a 4K
race/walk and a 5K race.
starts at 10 a.m. beginning at 5th Street and Maple Avenue and winds up just
north of Hot Rods & Beer on Fifth and Cedar Ave.
For a first
time the parade grand marshal will consist of the entire fire department staff
of 16, including Fire Chief Silva.
the guys (and young lady) who deserve it, because they do all the hard work,
” said Silva.
marching bands performing will be those from Holtville high and middle schools,
Calexico Middle School, McCabe Middle School, Heber Hawks, Desert Garden
Elementary School and Meadows Elementary School.
parade trophies are presented and the drum line competition follows at the Holt
fair with vendors selling myriad items, food and beverages will run from 8
a.m.-4 p.m. in Holt Park.
said the chamber board voted to not have the wing cook-off that was held for
the first time in 2019.