HOLTVILLE – Snow fights and sledging through the snow were an appropriate description at Thursday’s Holtville in the Park taking place in the center of town in Holt Park. The Holtville Chamber of Commerce hosted residents and guests with music from the local middle and high school bands that also included a craft fair and a special guest for the little ones as well.
Holtville Chamber CEO Anita Martinez spoke in anticipation of the event earlier in the week as, “We want people to enjoy the hometown spirit of the holiday season, but we also want the community to know we are here to put on some really good events that are not just going to benefit the business community but the residents as well. We are also setting the precedent for events coming in the future.”
Kids along with their parents lined up at the steps of City Hall clear down to the curb at East Fifth Street for a chance to speak to the jolly big guy “Santa” in hopes of sneaking in a reminder or swaying him in a favorable way. Along with his elves, Santa patiently waited until everyone had been tended and properly photographed, cherishing memories made possible in small towns like Holtville.
The Holtville Fire Department provided an extra special cool addition to the evening by providing “snow.” The slushy white mix made for snowmen, sledding down hills, and of course snow fights.
“We’ve been coming about five years, I think they are great, it brings everyone together and you got local people selling stuff too like the high school band they have a booth, so they raise money too.” resident Marisol said.
The event doubled as a craft show, providing a venue for local creators and craft masters to show their skills and goods. Artists painted on canvas and on children’s faces. Vendors sold candles, Kettle Corn, hot dogs, hot chocolate, tacos and toys.
“These events are good because it brings out the community and gets them to interact and meet one another,” Julia Cortez said. “Santa (being here) for the children, Santa is really important for the kids. I love this little town because it has been said that ‘big cities bring big problems and small cities bring little problems’ and I like this community because there are so many sports for the children.”
The draw of the evening were the city’s middle school and high school bands that come out and perform in the city’s gazebo that along with the snow brought out a festive Christmas feel.
“It’s about celebrating the season, but it gives the middle school and high school bands the chance to perform in front of the community,” said chamber executive Martinez. “This is kind of centered around their performances as a showcase.”
Eleven-year Holtville resident Eliza explained, “This is a tradition in Holtville, even though these events may seem small they are important to us because there aren’t as many events like other cities. Our events, like Farmers Market and Carrot Festival, they are very important to us because they are our events.”