|The 66th. annual Holtville Carrot Festival |
In February everything is about carrots. At least here in Holtville,CA. And what would a festival be without a real street parade? The Carrot parade started at 10.00am and lasted for well 90 minutes. Even though I had seen this parade in previous years it was a lot of fun watching it again. And of course there’s always something new.
Nice public turn-out
The reason for having a carrot festival are that all the carrot growers are getting close to the harvest of their carrots. And that should be reason enough to have festival about it.
I arrive shortly after 9.30am and find myself a spot along Main Street.
It’s a bright sunny day. Yesterday’s wind had almost subsided, (it was actually quiet last night) but it did pick up some speed again during the morning hours
and now a cold wind is chasing down the main drag. Just about everybody is dressed in jackets – except me of course. I’m a snowbird and I am in a short sleeves shirt.
Soon I discover that the guy to my right has a tiny Chihuahua on a leash.
The dog is looking at me as if to say “won’t you come play with me?” But my main attention is soon directed to the oncoming parade.
I always love to see the old cars in parades. Not all of them show their original design. Many have turned into some fantasy machines. The biggest marching bands are from El Centro and Calexico. They impress by their sheer numbers, shiny costumes and their drill.
Next thing I know a couple (Snowbirds?) run across the street and position themselves on my left side. They also have a dog. Some sort of Pu-Shizu-Fricee. Anyway that Chihuahua on my right side is starting to go ballistic. It’s hanging on the end of its leash, yapping, beeping and whining. Whenever I look at it starts on a lap- jump but the leash is too short and it falls back. The people on my left are starting to give leash to their dog. It finds a way under my legs to get closer to the Chihuahua. There it sits only inches from the little Chihuahua.
The owner, a woman apologizes to me for the nuisance, but I wave her off. We have a dog ourselves. No sweat!
The parade is moving slowly. Float after float, marching band after marching band is getting past me. I have a few people sitting in front of me, so every time I want to take a picture I have to step forward, kinda bending over their heads to get a good shot.
Good thing I took a little chair with me.
Next year YOU need to be here. There’s hundreds of carrot recipes, you can try.
Oh, and bring a chair!