HOLTVILLE â€“ The smokers finished off ribs, popcorn popped, the rain threatened, the ground stayed wet, and the crowds came. They people came, they ate, and they conquered.
After 22 years of rainless Holtville Athletic Club Rib Cook-offs at Samaha Park, a little of the wet stuff was not going to keep rib aficionados away.
People sampled theÂ delicacies from each of the booths, including Holtvilleâ€™s famous homemade ice cream machine that cranked out one good cup after another.
Triple I Press took home the top rib award which garnered the team $1000.Â In the spirit of the festivities, they donated the money back to Finley Elementary.
The Imperial County Planning Department won the best booth award with their highly decorative Flintstone Drive-In complete with Fred, Wilma, Barney and extended family. The group also donated their “diner” back to the Holtville community.
Steve Sharp, a key volunteer declared the day a success. â€œWe havenâ€™t ever had rain on our Rib Cook-Off for 21 years. It was bound to happen one day. But we dealt with it and the people still came and had a good time.”