From the daily archives: Friday, November 20, 2009
YOU COULD EVEN PICK up a few prizes to go along with your chili and the Q booth. Slot cups and decks of cards were popYOU COULD EVEN PICK up a few prizes to go along with your chili and the Q booth. Slot cups and decks of cards were popular with chili fans during the day.ular with chili fans during the day.

HARD TIME - CENTINELA STATE PRISON made its annual appearance at the chili cook-off. Serving chili at the “Hard Luck Cafe’” were Leonard Owens, Donna Welch, Diane Roche and Larry Jones.

 

By
Steve Larson

THE CHILI TEAM FROM Brawley Union High School served up the Best Chili by the judges with a smile and good cheer. They had a corner booth and the lines were long to get to the front of it. Steve Larson photos.

THE CHILI TEAM FROM Brawley Union High School served up the Best Chili by the judges with a smile and good cheer. They had a corner booth and the lines were long to get to the front of it. Steve Larson photos.

It was a perfect day for chili.
The weather was pleasant and the sky was clear. That brought out huge crowds to Cattle Call Park Saturday morning, Nov. 7th.
They found hot chili, mild chili, spicy chili and even some sweet chili. Chili to everybody’s liking.
For just one dollar you could get into the grounds and sample the chili from 14 booths, all with their own theme and their own recipe.
And you could vote on the People’s Choice – your favorite chili- before you went home. The trash containers quickly filled up with the little styrofoam containers from all the booths and all the samplers.
A team of judges made the rounds too. They chose who had the best tasting chili and they also chose the best decorated booth.
In the former category, the team from Brawley Union High School took first place honors. They  were followed by Orthodontist Karson Kubiek’s well-camoflauged team, which finished second. Both teams were newcomers to Cattle Call Chili Cooking.
And third place went to the team from National Beef. They were by far the most boisterous group at the cook-off. Their booth took up a major portion of the south end of the park and their people were our recruiting chili eaters wherever you turned.
Because of their elaborate booth and costumes, they were awarded the best booth trophy. They had 20 people working to serve you the best chili made with National Beef right in brawley.
In the end, though, the People’s Choice award went to the team from Reach Medical Center Services.
It was a morning and afternoon designed for the whole family. Everybody from  the very young to the very old could find plenty to do. They really got the dollar’s worth at this lead-off event.THE CHILI TEAM FROM Brawley Union High School served up the Best Chili by the judges with a smile and good cheer. They had a corner booth and the lines were long to get to the front of it. Steve Larson photos.THE CHILI TEAM FROM Brawley Union High School served up the Best Chili by the judges with a smile and good cheer. They had a corner booth and the lines were long to get to the front of it. Steve Larson photos.

 

By Chris Furguson

On November 9, 2009, the Brawley Chamber of Commerce held their annual “Cattle Call Kick-off Mixer” at the Boys & Girls Club on North Plaza, hosting more than 150 members of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce.
The annual mixer was part of the Chamber of Commerce’s week-long list of activities that concluded with this weekend’s Parade and Rodeo. The Mixer is the only event listed on the chamber’s official list of activities that was not open to members of the public.
An appearance was made by the Cattle Call Queen’s Court, who handed out plaques of appreciation from the Chamber of Commerce for the number of sponsors to the event.  Sponsors honored included the City of Brawley, Alsco, Smith Kandal & Assoc. and National Beef.
The Queen’s court also managed the evening’s raffle during key parts of the event. Prizes were provided for by Chamber members.
Snacks, including mini BBQ beef and pork sandwiches, were made and served by Hacienda Catering while music was provided by Turie and the Crew.
Visit our page at www.tribwekchron.com for video of this event.

 

By Chris Furguson

The evening of October 17 saw the crowning of Kaylynn Sampson as the 53rd Brawley Cattle Call Queen at a ceremony held at Cattle Call Arena Park in Brawley.
“I feel great… awesome.  I’m very happy.  I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.” said Sampson after the win.
Sampson, a 17-year old junior at Southwest High in El Centro, beat out her opponent and fellow junior at Southwest, Reilly McFadden, in all four categories that the girls were judged on.
McFadden, who beat out Sampson two years ago for the title of 2007 Brawley Cattle Call Teen Queen, was crowned the 2009 1st Princess.
“I feel good.  To me, it was a 50/50 chance and I’m happy for Kaylynn.  I’m totally excited about the experience.”
The ceremonies began with an introduction of the 2008 1st Princess, Amanda Leckband, who took over for 2008 Cattle Call Queen Stacia Miller, currently finishing up her Army basic training in South Carolina.  A speech from Miller was read by Leckband.
This was followed by an introduction of both McFadden and Sampson, who were then asked questions about the Heartland ProRodeo Series and the Nobel Peace Prize.
Between the questions, both contestants were allowed time for a speech or presentation.  McFadden chose to do a poem while Sampson performed a skit as a pair of horses headed to a rodeo.  Both had the theme of “Down the Road to Cowboy Town.”
After the speeches and presentation of the Cattle Call Queen Committee, the 2008 Cattle Call Teen Queen, Victoria Baran, gave her farewell speech in the form of a poem.  Then the Teen and Junior Queens were presented their titles.
Chelsea Webster, a 14-year old freshman at Central Union High School, was crowned as the 2009 Teen Queen while Anna Archer, a 12-year old student at Barbara Worth Jr. High School, was awarded the title of 2009 Jr. Queen.
All contestants, even those without competition, had to perform in the Horsemanship portion of the competition the day before.  Control of the animal is crucial during parades and rodeo events and this skill must be demonstrated.
While the auditors from Hutchinson & Bloodgood tabulated the overall scores, a skit involving the fathers of the four contestants took place.  The fathers, dressed in wigs and outfits similar to their daughters, performed a routine to Shania Twain’s  “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.”
This was followed by a bit from two of the judges, Dana Iverson and Bliss Bates, who answered questions until the auditors were finished tabulating the results.
Sampson won all four categories judged at the event, including Ticket Sales, Personality, Appearance and Horsemanship.
“This has been my goal for years,” said Sampson to the assembled crowd.  Sampson thanked the sponsors who came to her this year.
Prior to the ceremonies, a steak dinner was provided by National Beef and catered by Hacienda Catering, both of Brawley

 

It’s A Fantastic Week In The Sun!

InOtherWords copyIF YOU MISSED THIS YEAR’S BRAWLEY CATTLE CALL, then you missed out on  one of the Valley’s premiere events.
Where else can you get 10 big days  of  food, music, western culture and rodeo too?
Cattle Call gives the Northend of the Imperial Valley the opportunity to show off and it gives would-be cowboys from everywhere a chance to put on their western duds and get down.
STARTING WITH THE CHILI COOK-OFF where Pioneers’ Memorial Hospital has become the perennial favorite for the People’s Choice Award, you can see folks loosen up and kick back from their day to day routines.
What else could you ask for?
We’ve brought you a pictorial and editorial review of this year’s Cattle Call that we hope will give you some lasting memories.
All brought to you by the good advertisers you will find herein.
Give them your support, because they keep their communities prospering.
THE WEEKDAY EVENINGS HAD SOMETHING GOOD GOING ON, which meant, of course, good food, good drink and good people. Some folks think this type of civic pageant isn’t what it used to be. But we say it’s as good as ever. The crowds were bigger on Sunday for the Fiesta Cultura and people were lining up for chili right up until the last booth ran out.
Participation is up in most events and attendance is up too. If you want the buy of the century, go to the rodeo. Where else can you get thrills, spills, pageantry, comedy and spectacle for one low admission price.
If you aren’t particular where you sit, it’s cheaper still. And you know the cowboys always give their best, because if they don’t, they go home broke. That means both bent-up and flat-walleted.
WHAT CAN WE  SAY ABOUT THE MOST SPECTACULAR PARADE? It was the greatest. And the biggest too. With almost 120 entries, at least 12 marching bands, fabulous floats, fabulous beauty queens and fabulous horses, it was also the best buy in the Valley.
You got two hours of entertainment for free. In these times when everybody says the economy is a little slow, two hours of free entertainment is the best buy in the west.
We hope you enjoy this issue and if you have any suggestions  on how to improve it, let us know. We like to be hospitable.
I took in more events this year than I have in the past because I didn’t have to do as much of the legwork to get stories and photos. That’s because our crew at the I.V. Weekly was diligent in their duties for a whole week.
THIS YEAR’S CATTLE CALL SOUVENIR EDITION was brought to you by the people at the Imperial Valley Weekly – Brenda Torres, Rosa Nogueda, Sonia Torres, Chris Furguson, Lisa Middleton, Gene Carl, Irene Aragon, Jim Predmore,  Joe Saiza,  and me, your humble publisher.
An all star cast if there ever was one. We can’t wait until next year!
I even invested in a new cowboy hat. I haven’t purchased one for about 20 years, but felt compelled to do so to get into the spirit of the event.
Our reporter Chris Furguson tried his hand at riding a horse too. That was during the media day that was documented here two weeks ago. He managed to stay on the horse and even got it to go the right direction… occasionally! Chris was herding cattle in the team penning that included working with some people actually knew what they were doing!
Even erstwhile photographer Lisa Middleton got into the act, donning a cowboy hat and getting on board a horse for at least a couple of photos.
ONE OF THE EVENTS WE ALWAYS like to take in is the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. It goes on just before the parade and is an especially good way to start your day.
There are always plenty of people on hand to talk to,. They come from all over too. We met a couple from Oceanside and another Tucson. Some of them follow the rodeo and some of them just like to have a good time.
The Shriners of Al-Bahr bring enough people to fill up a fourth of the parade. Shriners like to party too.
You should join them, then make this Western Tradition a  part of your schedule each year afterward.
You can’t go wrong.

 
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