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Holtville Carrot Festival New Ride

Holtville Carrot Festival New Ride

1001 Nachts NEW

Our European 1001 Nachts ride is a spectacular bright ride on the midway and is a thrill to fairgoers. It is a platform ride that goes completely up and over in a circular fashion as riders leave their stomach behind. This colorful attraction is also energy efficient as it has been equipped with state-of-the art LED bulbs.

 Orbiter

The Orbiter is an exciting teen ride which features 4 twirling arms holding three spinning seats each. This Italian made ride twirls riders around until their seats are perpendicular with the ground below, quite the sight day and night.

 Footloose

Thrill-seekers have touted this ride as one of the Midway’s “craziest!” On the Footloose the ride’s two gigantic arms loop counter-clockwise to each other, turning completely upside down. Riders are secured by over the shoulder harnesses while their legs dangle free in the open air. This ride is sure to thrill even the bravest of riders.

Zipper

The Zipper has been one of the Midway’s most recognizable attractions for years, providing thrills to riders from teens to adults.  There’s more spinning going on with the Zipper than an out of control top. While the ‘cages’ holding two passengers each rise and descend on a tower boom, each spins independently and the entire boom turns, too.  Three times the action, backed by spectacular lighting bringing them back for more.

 

The Grand Carousel

For decades, audiences have been awed by the beautifully handcrafted majesty of the carousel. To witness The Grand Carousel is to see this piece of Americana in all its glory. This 38 foot Americana Themed Carousel features 36 jumping horses, and 2 chariots.  Parents and children create memories while they enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful ride together!

 MAJOR RIDES

 Kite Flyer NEW

The Kite Flyer is an unusual amusement ride where, instead of sitting, passengers lie horizontally within the frame of colorful gliders. After riders are buckled in, the ride begins to turn and then rises in the air for a thrilling, soaring sensation before gently gliding back to “Earth”.

 Eagle 16        

A staple of the American Midway, this 16-seat ferris wheel has eight front facing cars holding two riders in each.  It offers both a gentle ride around the 360-degree vertical circle and a thrilling view, as riders are lifted high above the ground and able to see for miles.

  The Starship 3000

The lights and excitement of the midway literally become a blur as The Starship 3000 sweeps you off of your feet. Spinning at 24 RPM, The Starship 3000 uses centrifugal force to float the passengers off the floor, giving them the feeling of weightlessness. All aboard this 45-person capacity Starship for one wild ride.

 Scrambler

Zig and zag your way to an amazing time on the Scrambler. Families delight as they spin in two directions at the same time. The Scrambler has 12 seats each seat capable of holding 3 people. The main frame spins as each arm of seats spins independently, creating a feeling of funky flight. The Scrambler also features Deluxe Lighting and programmed incandescent “Ultra Lights.”

 Giant Slide

No festival would ever be complete without a slide! Kids of any age enjoy the thrill of this giant slide as they sail down the undulating path.  Passengers climb a stairway, higher and higher to the top of the slide and then laugh and squeal with delight as they sail to the bottom.

 Moonwalker Funhouse

The Moonwalker Funhouse takes you on a musical journey of epic proportions. This Michael Jackson themed walk-through attraction is a thrilling trip through a maze of unusual sights and sounds! Inside and out. Moonwalker Funhouse is an eye-catching show, complete with Michael Jackson music, lights and picturesque scenery! Day or night, Moonwalker will prove to be a favorite of funhouse enthusiasts

  KIDDIE & FAMILY RIDES

 Lolli Swing NEW

Enjoy all of the fun of the sweet colors and savory sensation of a lollipop without the calories and sugar! This brightly colored ride has 16 swings decorated with large swirl lollipops and lights. The centerpiece is a large clown complete with a red nose and floppy shoes.

Balloon Samba from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch

Manufactured in Italy, this kids ride features hot air balloon carriages and is truly a marvel to look at. The bright lights make it especially magnificent to look at during the evening. The Balloon Samba seats32 children in  6 air balloons. Fluffy white cloud cut-outs and bright, smiling suns grace the safety barrier and give kids the illusion of floating up in the sky.

 Jumping Jumbos

Adding yet another humorous touch to the Midway are our Jumpin’ Jumbos. This cadre of eight comedic elephants rise into the air and then gently descends while rotating from a center tower.

 Quad Runner

The Quad Runner is great for first time riders. Souped up 4-wheelers seat two children each and travel in a circle.

 Dragon Wagon from Michael Jacksons Neverland Ranch

The Dragon Wagon is a kid size coaster. Riders travel in an undulating circle around a raised track. The coaster cars are themed like a dragon and each section of its body hold two passengers.

 Dizzy Dragon

On the Dizzy Dragon four magical dragons welcome children and parents aboard for a smooth ride. Passengers can move the ride at their own pace by turning a giant steering wheel inside the dragon’s belly spinning themselves round and round while the entire ride revolves as well. This ride is a great introduction for ride enthusiasts in training before stepping up to the Tilt A Whirl.

 Cycle Jump

Get your little motor runnin’ on this high-octane kiddy ride. The Cycle Jump is an umbrella ride with mini motorcycles to ride in which travel in a 360 degree rotation. This ride will bring out the little grease monkey in any child!

 

 

With the 69th annual Carrot Festival drawing near, the Holtville Chamber of Commerce has released their schedule of events. Please contact the Chamber directly for additional information by calling (760) 356-2923.

Friday, January 29, 2016
6:30 p.m.: Annual Chamber Of Commerce Banquet:
Featuring award of the 2015 Citizen of the Year honors, and crowning of the 2016 Carrot Festival Queen, Princess and Junior Princess. Ceremonies at Imperial Palms Hotel & Resort at Barbara Worth. Tickets are $30.00 per person.
Saturday, January 30:
10:00am Holtville Athletic Club BBQ Ribs Contest
1:00 p.m. “Battle of the Bands” held at the Imperial Palms Hotel & Resort at Barbara Worth
Monday, February 1:
6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest held at Civic Center
Little Chef and Junior Chef/2 Divisions: Miscellaneous and Main Dish. Youngsters are invited to try their hand at cooking. Contest sponsored by Soroptimist Club.
Tuesday, February 2:
6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest held at Civic Center
Adult Chefs/2 Divisions: Main Course and Salad/Vegetables. Sponsored by Soroptimist Club.
Wednesday, February 3:
6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest held at Civic Center
Adult Chefs/3 Divisions: Breads,, Desserts and Appetizers. Sponsored by Soroptimist Club.
Thursday, February 4:
6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest held at Civic Center
Little Chef and Junior Chef: Desserts and open to all ages. Division: Open Miscellaneous includes Energy Saving, International Cuisines and any other category not previously done. Sponsored by Soroptimist Club
4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Midway Carnival on Holt & 6th St.
Friday, February 5:
3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Midway Carnival on Holt & 6th St.
6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest held at Civic Center
Adult Chefs Sweepstakes Finals Cook-off. Sponsored by Soroptimist Club
Saturday, February 6:
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Carrot Festival Mile & 5 K Races. Applications available in the Chamber office.
9:00 a.m. till dusk: Arts and Crafts Fair Craft, food and other booths in Holt Park.
10:00 a.m.: Carrot Festival Parade. Featuring school children, bands, floats, antique cars and tractors, equestrians, Citizen of the Year, 2013 Festival Queen, Princess, Junior Princess and Court . The route is west on Fifth Street from Maple to Cedar.
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Student Art Show Open during the day at the Civic Center.
1:00 (approximate): Trophy Presentation Parade honors awarded at Gazebo in Holt Park.
12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Antique Tractor Show. Classic cars and antique tractors on Holt Ave.
12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Midway Carnival on Holt & 6th St.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Entertainment in the Gazebo.
Sunday, February 7:
11:00 a.m. Family Tailgate Party and BBQ Contest
9:00 a.m. till dusk: Arts and Crafts Fair Arts & Craft booths in Holt Park & Pine Ave.
9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Entertainment in the Gazebo
Carrot Festival Midway Carnival on Holt & 6th St begins at 11:00 am.

 

Written by Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter:

El Centro, California – Today, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors held elections for a new chairman and vice-chairman during the Board’s regular meeting.  In addition to the elections, each board member reflected on

outgoing Chairman Ryan Kelley’s accomplishments during his leadership the previous year.

The Board elected Supervisors Jack Terrazas and Michael Kelley to serve as the chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, for 2016.

“I look forward to serving as Chairman of the Board for the upcoming year,” said District 2 Supervisor Jack Terrazas.  “I am committed to continuing the current momentum we have with the Salton Sea and other plans that we’ve started with our strategic plan.  I would also like to commend Supervisor Ryan Kelley who, during his leadership, took the lead on many issues, but specifically the Salton Sea.  After attending last week’s Water Board Workshop, I feel that it is one of the first times that the State and others throughout the state are actually listening to us.”

“We have a very devoted board that works very hard for the County of Imperial,” said District 3 Supervisor Michael Kelley.  “We don’t always agree, but we always have open minds in our conversations to be able to work with each other.  I also want to extend congratulations to Mr. Terrazas, our incoming chairman, who will do an outstanding job as chair.  It’s a pleasure serving on this board and I’m proud to be a part of this board to do what is right for the County of Imperial.”

During the meeting, Supervisor Ryan Kelley reflected and shared some closing remarks with the public.

“It’s been an honor and pleasure to serve as the Chairman of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors,” said District 4 Supervisor Ryan Kelley.  “I had a good board to work with who encouraged me to continue moving forward.  We were able to work together to make a better county, represent ourselves in a better fashion and we’re in a better position today.”

Additionally, each of the board members took time to make remarks and commend Supervisor Ryan Kelley, on the leadership he provided during his chairmanship.

“He did a commendable job in 2015,” said District 5 Supervisor Raymond Castillo.  “It’s the little things that matter, like the county display in Sacramento and the county flag that will symbolize our community.  So much has been accomplished during his chairmanship and I want to thank him for his leadership.”

“Look at what we’ve accomplished and the groundwork that was set last year for years to come,” said District 1 Supervisor John Renison.  “This board has demonstrated through his leadership how we can reach out there and work with other agencies to achieve our goals.”

After remarks were made by each of the board members, outgoing Chairman, Supervisor Ryan Kelley was presented with certificates of recognition by representatives from the offices of Congressman Juan Vargas, Senator Ben Hueso, and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.

If you wish to listen to the audio recording of the board meeting, visit the Imperial County Board of Supervisors’ audio archive from their website.

 

Supervisor Michael W. Kelley announced today he is running for a third term on the Imperial County Board of Supervisors to represent District 3, which includes the city of Imperial, portions of El Centro, Seeley and surrounding areas.

Supervisor Michael Kelley           Kelley’s announcement comes on the heels of the Board of Supervisors approval of a 5-year strategic plan that maps out ways to improve the region’s quality of life through the organized growth of renewable energy while staying true to the county’s agricultural heritage.

“I am running because I have a passion for Imperial County,” Kelley said. “I see our county as the cornerstone of California and I will make sure we get the respect and attention we deserve today and for future generations.”

Since he was first elected in 2008, the Board of Supervisors has set policy to guide the county through such major challenges as the recession and during the unprecedented growth in renewable energy development.

“I am proud that through it all, the county has remained fiscally healthy because we have made tough choices when they had to be made,” Kelley said.

He is particularly proud that during his tenure the Board of Supervisors has:

  • Adopted a renewable energy plan that encourages solar development in areas that will not adversely impact agriculture
  • Established Renewable Energy Public Benefit funds to reinvest some revenue from solar development into agriculture and in projects to benefit residents of Imperial County
  • Budgeted funds for systematic road improvements that resulted, among other things, in virtually every road being paved in Seeley
  • Agreed to work in partnership with the Imperial Irrigation District to demand the state help solve the environmental problems developing as the Salton Sea shrinks because of water transfers.

             Tackling such issues successfully, requires a unique skill set, including experience, which Kelley brings to the job. An Imperial Valley native, Kelley was a county employee for 37 years, 27 as a department head, prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors.

Kelley is now using his experience to champion Imperial County issues at the state level. He is on the state Board of Directors of RCRC (Rural County Representative of California) and the state Board of Directors of LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission). He has appeared at the State Water Board in Sacramento to voice the county’s concerns about environmental issues surrounding the Salton Sea.

“I don’t care where I have to go,” Kelley said. “ I will fight for Imperial County to make sure the future is bright here for the generations to come.”

Despite all the accomplishments during his tenure, Kelley said there remains much to do. He is particularly concerned about issues surrounding the shrinking Salton Sea; the county’s high unemployment rate and the need for industry to create jobs here.

“We have set a lot of goals,” Kelley said, “ I am running for re-election to make sure they come to a successful conclusion.”

 

022Schedule of Events

Friday, January 29, 2016                  

6:30 p.m.: Annual Chamber Of Commerce Banquet:

Featuring award of the 2015 Citizen of the Year honors, and crowning of the 2016 Carrot Festival Queen, Princess and Junior Princess.  6:30 – 7:00 p.m.: No-Host Cocktails. 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Dinner.  8:00 – 9:00 p.m.: Ceremonies at Imperial Palms Hotel & Resort at Barbara Worth.   Tickets are $30.00 per person.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

10:00am  Holtville Athletic Club BBQ Ribs Contest

1:00 p.m. “Battle of the Bands”   Held at the  Imperial Palms Hotel & Resort at Barbara Worth

Monday, February 1, 2016

6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest   Held atCivic Center

Little Chef and Junior Chef/2 Divisions: MISCELLANEOUS and MAIN DISH.  Youngsters are invited to try their hand at cooking. Contest sponsored by Soroptimist Club.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest  Held at Civic Center

Adult Chefs/2 Divisions:  MAIN COURSE and SALAD/VEGETABLES. Sponsored by Soroptimist Club.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest  Held atCivic Center

Adult Chefs/3 Divisions:  BREADS, DESSERTS and APPETIZERS.  Sponsored by Soroptimist Club.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest   Held atCivic Center

Little Chef and Junior Chef: DESSERTS and OPEN TO ALL AGES Division: OPEN MISCELLANEOUS includes Energy Saving, International Cuisines and any other category not previously done. Sponsored by Soroptimist Club

4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Midway Carnival on Holt & 6th St.

 

Friday, February 5, 2016

3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Midway Carnival on Holt & 6th St.

6:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Cookery Contest  Held at Civic Center

Adult Chefs Sweepstakes Finals Cook-off.  Sponsored by Soroptimist Club

Saturday, February 6, 2016

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Carrot Festival Mile & 5 K Races
Applications available in the Chamber office.

9:00 a.m. till dusk: Arts and Crafts Fair
Craft, food and other booths in Holt Park.                                                                    

10:00 a.m.: Carrot Festival Parade
Featuring school children, bands, floats, antique cars and tractors, equestrians, Citizen of the Year, 2013 Festival Queen, Princess, Junior Princess and Court .  The route is west on Fifth Street from Maple to Cedar.

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Student Art Show
Open during the day at the Civic Center.

1:00 (approximate): Trophy Presentation
Parade honors awarded at Gazebo in Holt Park.

12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.  Antique Tractor Show.
Classic cars and antique tractors on Holt Ave.

12:00 noon to 11:00 p.m.: Carrot Festival Midway Carnival on Holt & 6th St.

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.:  Entertainment in the Gazebo.

Sunday, February 7, 2015

11:00 a.m.  Family Tailgate Party and BBQ Contest

9:00 a.m. till dusk: Arts and Crafts Fair            
Arts & Craft booths in Holt Park & Pine Ave.

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Entertainment in the Gazebo

Carrot Festival Midway Carnival on Holt & 6th St begins at 11:00 am.

 

 
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