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Holtville Rotary Again Staging Pulled Pork Cook-Off

HOLTVILLE — Similar to a single-malt Scotch whiskey, the Holtville Rotary Club’s Pulled Pork Cook-Off keeps getting better with age as the second annual competition heads down the final stretch of preparation.

The event is scheduled for March 14 from 4-9 p.m. along Holt Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets. Admission is free but guests must obtain tickets at the site to purchase any food or beverages.

“We have two more teams (11 up from nine) than last year, so the prizes will increase but that’ll be determined before Saturday,” assured Ross Daniels, Rotary past president and Cook-Off chairman. “We’ll have first, second, third places and a people’s choice again, but this year we’re incorporating a best side dish.”

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Prizes last year were $450 for first, $225 second, $135 third and $315 people’s choice. The amounts are expected to increase slightly and best side dish prize is to be determined, Daniels added.

Guests will be able to sample a souffle-sized cup for one ticket. The competitors will determine what they will charge for their offerings. Holtville Rotary will sell all beverages including beer, sodas and water.

While The Holtville Taco Shop returns to defend its 2019, other teams entered include Don Romero BBQ, Buzz-More Racing, I. V. Grill Society, Rise & Swine, Ametza AZ Petroleum, Backyard Smokin’, Humble Farmer BBQ, Pull My Pork Again, Butts Up, and All Soft Up.

Again, there will be a cornhole (bean bag toss) tournament, with signs ups at 1 p.m. and throwing at 2 p.m., explained Eric Strahm, organizer, and with his brother, Matthew, co-owners of Humble Farmer Brewing Co.

The cornhole entry fee is $10 per person with prizes to be determined by the turn out. The format will be two-person teams with double elimination.

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“It should be a fun tournament,” said Strahm. “Everybody there will have a good time, win or lose. And our booth will be serving pulled pork with a coleslaw side dish and we’ll make our own ginger ale for everybody.”

Entertainment for the Cook-Off will be provided by the Sweet Rock band, which performs the best of ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s hits. It will take the stage about 4:30-5:00 p.m. and play three sets.

In addition, there will be children’s activities, including a face painter and bounce house.

“All proceeds go into the Rotary’s Youth Fund,” said Daniels. “We focus on Holtville youth groups. But we offer assistance to any youth group throughout the Imperial Valley–school organizations, cheerleaders, athletics and other youth activities.” In a sense the Pulled Pork Cook-Off takes over for the Holtville Athletic Club’s popular Rib Cook-Off that was ended after the 2019 event.


This story is featured in the Mar 12, 2020 e-Edition.