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Holtville Carrot Festival, Holtville California

Holtville Carrot Festival Jan. 30- Feb. 8, 2015 Carrot Carnival, Festival

Annual Event 68  Years in 2015

Holtville Chamber of Commerce
101 w. 5th St.
Holtville, CA

Holtville or "The Carrot Capital of the World", celebrates carrots each spring (usually in February) with the annual Carrot Festival. It includes a carnival, parade, carrot cook-offs, and the  Annual Dia de la Familia "Day of the Family", in Holt Park at 11am until the food is gone!

Carrot Festival's little and junior chef cook-offs  include recipes  carrot cheese and bacon dish or  chicken and carrot casserole. The competition is open to kindergarteners through fifth graders, and there are other divisions, including the competitive adult division for salad, vegetable and main dishes. The event takes place at Civic Center in Holtville.

In addition to the recipes, the festivities and fun, the city selects a Carrot Queen and court annually. In2011 Trudy Gaddis was crowned queen. The court represents the chamber at different events throughout the year, including many at the Carrot Festival.

Music festivals, Rotary Club barbecue in Holt Park, a crafts fair and other events are part of the nine days of celebrating.

Schedule of Events 2015

January 30, 2015, 6:30 p.m.  Annual Chamber Of Commerce Banquet honors Citizen of the Year and crowning of Carrot Festival Queen, Princess and Junior Princess. Fee charged, contact chamber.

January 31, 2015, 1 p.m. Battle of the Bands at the Barbara Worth Resort

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 11 a.m. No Bones About It BBQ
Holtville Rotary Club sponsors this event which falls on Super Bowl Sunday and costs $10 plate

Monday, February 2 -6, 2015, 6 p.m. Carrot Festival Cookery Contest  at Civic Center
Thursday, February 5, 2015 Carrot Festival Midway Carnival Opens
3-10 p.m. 
Holt & 6th St.

Friday, February 6, 2015

  • Carrot Festival Midway Carnival on Holt & 6th St. 3-11 p.m.
  • Adult Chefs Sweepstakes Finals Cook-off in Carrot Festival Cookery Contest, 6 p.m. at Civic Center.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

  • Carrot Festival Mile & 5 K Races 7-9 a.m. 
  • Arts and Crafts Fair Craft, food and other booths in Holt Park. 9 a.m. - dusk
  • Carrot Festival Parade 10 a.m. Goes west on Fifth Street from Maple to Cedar. Bands, floats, antique cars and tractors, equestrians and more. 
  • Student Art Show 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Civic Center
  • Antique Tractor Show 12 noon-4 p.m. See classic cars and antique tractors on Holt Ave.
  • Carrot Festival Midway Carnival 12 Noon-11 p.m. on Holt & 6th St.
  • Entertainment in the Gazebo 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

  • Dia de Famila Cooking Contest 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Arts and Crafts Fair 9 a.m.-dusk. Arts & Craft booths in Holt Park & Pine Ave.
  • Entertainment in the Gazebo 9 a.m.1 p.m.
  • Carrot Festival Midway Carnival 11 a.m. on Holt & 6th St

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