HOLTVILLE – The 23rd Annual Holtville Athletic Club Rib Cook-Off Saturday at Samaha Park was a huge success.
12,000 pounds of fresh pork ribs were BBQâ€™d for approximately 20,000 hungry attendees.
All proceeds from the event are earmarked to benefit Holtville area youth activity education and athletic groups.
The majority of the 600 event volunteers are comprised of are athletic, youth organization, and educational groups and their leaders.
City Manager Alexander Meyerhoff said, â€œThe City of Holtville will triple in size today. We were expecting 15,000 people today, but initial numbers are going to put us closer to 20,000. Everyone is having a great time and the food is absolutely delicious.â€
Prizes and awards topped $10,000. The top prize of $1,000 went to Big Alâ€™s Paradise CafÃ© from Mission Beach. They were the judgeâ€™s choice for the Best Ribs.
The judgeâ€™s for the rib competition were the Blue Angels maintenance crew.
Richard Valenzuela, with Red Neck Ribs, would not give up any secret recipes.
â€œWe usually do pretty well,â€ said Valenzuela. â€œWe also serve breaded cauliflower and asparagus with our special chipolte dipping sauce. Itâ€™s a favorite of many.â€
KXO Radio, one of the major sponsors, hosted live music with 4 bands with ownerÂ Gene Brister emceeing.Â
Last yearâ€™s Rib Cook-Off attendance was a bit lighter due to rain.
Saturdayâ€™s sunny weather was a welcome sight to event sponsors and attendees with temperatures reaching the 80â€™s.
â€œNo rain,â€ said Rudy Schaffner, community leader. â€œThe weather is beautiful. We have 20-plus teams in this yearâ€™s Cook-Off, 250 gallons of homemade ice cream, Kettle Korn, fish tacos, fresh squeezed lemonade, and itâ€™s all for the kids.â€