HOLTVILLE — The second annual Pulled Pork Cook-Off and Cornhole Tournament scheduled for March 14 in Holtville were postponed to comply with state recommendation to postpone events with 250 or more persons.
The event was one of many cancelled or
postponed in Imperial County in the wake of the COVID-19 flu pandemic. Others
included the massive Blue Angels Air Show also set for March 14.
The policy was issued March 13 by the
California Department of Public Health. It was the first time the state issued
a request for all state residents to adopt “social distancing” to
fight the virus that has infected hundreds of state residents.
“Changing our actions for a short
period time will save the life of one or more people you know,” Gov. Gavin
Just days later, on March 15, the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control recommended
canceling or postponing all events nationwide with more than 50 people for the
next eight weeks.
Until the state decision action had been
left to the discretion of county public health officials. The action is
expected to remain in place at least through the end of March in an effort to
slow the spread of COVID-19.
advisory came from Jeff Lamoure, deputy director for Environmental Health in
the Imperial County Public Health Department, said Ross Daniels, Rotary Club
member and organizer of the cookoff.
disappointing,” said Daniels. “But I look at it on the bright side,
there could be more teams (cooking) who’d like to sign up.”
As soon as the county gives approval to
reschedule, the cookoff will take place but Daniels explained he was given no
indication when that may occur.
“It’s just something we’ve got to
deal with,” he said. “But I totally get the reasoning for it. I
informed all the teams by email. As of right now (March 14) everybody is in
standby mode. So, we’ll see what happens.”
Daniels added he is hopeful he will
receive an email within a couple of weeks getting a green light to proceed.
“Right now, I just have no
idea,” he said. “But we want the community to understand the Cook-Off
is only delayed and we will proceed just as soon as we are able.”