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IMPERIAL â€“Â After an evening of tantalizing smells and the sizzling sound of deep fryers filling the air, the King of the Ring was announced at the annual Sweet Onion Festival Saturday giving the cooks of “Ring Batter, Batter, Ring” the coveted People’s Choice award for the best tasting onion rings.
The event brought people from all over the Valley to participate in snacking and for its many booths and activities. Local vendors varied with sales of pickled goods and hand crafted scarves and jewelry, plus food booths where attendees could get anything from onion rings to tacos, and other refreshments.
Children lined up at a booth to get their faces painted from favorite movie or television characters from movies or television hosted by the local business, Party Pals.
The city of Imperial also hired a country band to play music throughout the festival allowing festival goers to relax and even dance.
â€œThis was a fun event to come out with the family and have a good time listening to live music and being able to mingle with other people from the Valley,â€ said Jared Miller. â€œIt was also fun to be able to come out and see the competition of local groups, who fought to make the best onion rings in the Valley.â€
Besides the booths and the band, the festival had more to offer with activities that included a sweet onion eating contest, where contestants devoured a full onion to see who could finish it the fastest. Adults and children were divided into two separate groups for the competition.
Finally, event organizers got down to business to judge the onion ring contest that consisted of five competitors including Pit Crew Local 626, The Bud Club, Juanito’s Grill, Ring Batter Batter Ring, and El Centro Moose Lodge.
All crews spent the entire time cooking onion rings for attendees to judge for the King of the Ring Contest. The winner of the Peopleâ€™s Choice Award went to Ring Batter Batter Ring, who went home with the bragging rights of having the best onion rings in the Valley.[envira-gallery id=”76615″]