HOLTVILLE – The scent of mesquite smoke and hickory-based beef clouded Holt Street and Rib Lane in Holtville Saturday, January 26 as thousands attended the 28th Annual Rib Cook-off.
“All proceeds go back to the community – from robotics classes to girls’ softball,” said Holtville Athletic Club member Steve Sharp.
Ten thousand pounds of ribs – 300 cases in all – were cooked during the festivities.
The various booths were manned by kids from the numerous local groups the Holtville Athletic Club supports.
“This is their (the kids) way of giving back,” said Sharp.
Organizers estimated roughly 6,000 to 7,000 people filtered through the event throughout the day.
Generally, the winners give the prize money back to the athletic club, said Sharp. “They understand what it’s about – giving back to the kids and supporting the various charities in the Valley.”
Results from the cook-off are as follows:
1) Best Rib: First place, Big Al’s for $1,000; second place went to IC Planning, $500; third place went to Merry Sunshine $250; and fourth place was Los Compadres.
2) Best Booth: First place went to AM Desert Storm Concrete for $200; second place, Planning Department $100; and third place went to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, $100.
3) Best Hospitality: First place, city of Holtville; second place, Lucky; third place, Big Al’s.
4) Best Performance: Smart & Final.
5) HaHh Hall of Fame: Rusty Paine.
6) Best Pie: First place, Kristen Sharp $100; second place, Ellen Underwood $50; and third place was won by Leni Heuberger for $25.
7) Pinnacle: Los Comadres.
8) Special Recognition went to La Brucherie Irrigation.
“We’ve placed before at first and second, but most of all, we have a lot of fun and that’s the most important thing,” said Javier Ornelas of AM Desert Storm Concrete. “Having this community event in Holtville is exciting for us. Everyone should come out and enjoy the people here in town who are very nice and accommodating to visitors, snowbirds, or even just those who pop up once a year to visit with old friends.”