New Royalty Crowned for Carrot Festival

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An ecstatic Emily Allegranza accepting her crown and green sash just moments after being announced as the 2016 Carrot Festival Queen.
An ecstatic Emily Allegranza accepting her crown and green sash just moments after being announced as the 2016 Carrot Festival Queen.

HOLTVILLE - New royalty was found and crowned at the 2016 Carrot Festival Coronation on Friday. The city gathered as the current queen court passed their tiaras and green sashes to the new candidates to see who would reign for the upcoming Carrot Festival.

“This event was held to crown the Carrot Queen, Princess, and Jr. Princess,” explained Becky Miller, the chamber manager. “And this was also the kick-off for the Carrot Festival activities for the week.”

The event started with live background music from the Alamo River Band, who provided the music throughout, as guests were seated and served dinner for the night.

Mark Allegranza, the HCOC president, hosted. He began by recognizing and awarding the 2015 Citizen of the Year to Julie Layton Velasco for her accomplishments in the community.

“This is the 69th annual event,” said Miller, “and from the ones I’ve attended it’s always been a great time.”

The Carrot Festival coronation ceremony began with the 2015 Carrot Festival Queen, Elizabeth Gariboldi, Princess, Sadie Allegranza, and Princess, Ava Jones, taking the stage in anticipation of passing on their respected positions.

The Junior Princess candidates, Alexis Piper and Gabrielle McDonald, were announced, with Alexis Piper crowned as the new Junior Princess. The princess candidates, Devon Alvarez, Annie Britschgi, and April Padilla, were called, with Annie Britschgi taking the tiara as the new Princess.

Finally, the two Queen candidates, Quiana Aldrete and Emily Allegranza, were brought to the stage. The host then announced the candidate’s name hidden in a gold envelope, and the former 2015 Queen then passed on her tiara and green sash to the new 2016 Carrot Queen, Emily Allegranza.

“The turnout for the event was better than we expected,” said Miller. “We are now preparing for the big festival that is coming up with the parade next week.

The 69th Carrot Festival Parade will take place Saturday, February 6th on Fifth Street from Maple to Cedar in Holtville.

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