Holtville, CA â€“ On a brisk Saturday morning, Holtville kicked off the 67th Annual Carrot Festival Parade that celebrated the agriculture and hardworking citizens of the valley, especially the carrot producers of Holtville.
The procession featured farmers, equestrians, schools, churches and other unique participants making the day special.
Fifth generation farmers rode their handmade floats, bands filled the air with song and singing, and Zumba dancers entertained the crowd with their upbeat movement.
Ray Loera, Imperial County Sheriff, also made an appearance in the parade atop the county’s riverboat. The lawman spent the majority of the morning walking the route, greeting citizens prior to his ride through Main Street.
Rodeo royalty also graced the streets of Holtville. Imperial-native, Carli Rose, Cattle Call Queen, was accompanied by the Teen Queen Cailee Roper.
Emily Acosta, the reigning Carrot Queen, exclaimed how much fun she had. Even though the day was warm, she said, she thought the day was still great. She planned on hanging out with family and riding rides in the carnival after the parade.
The park was filled with the sounds of laughter and family as the activities offered were popular and well attended. It was obvious the Carrot Festival joined the community together and created an atmosphere of belonging.
With an exceptional turnout, and festivities to last throughout the day, the Carrot Festival is a unique celebration that embodies the hard work and fellowship of the Imperial Valley. From watching high school bands orchestrating well practiced performances, to seeing hardworking agriculturists, Holtville celebrated another successful event that included an appreciation of life in the Imperial Valley.