Citrus Festival food competitions

June 29, 2005
Santa Paula News

You might want to start crafting that perfect outfit, as the Best Dressed Avocado, Lemon or Orange will mean a $100 prize at the 38th Annual Kiwanis Club Citrus Festival, where food contests will range from delicious to droll.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesYou might want to start crafting that perfect outfit, as the Best Dressed Avocado, Lemon or Orange will mean a $100 prize at the 38th Annual Kiwanis Club Citrus Festival, where food contests will range from delicious to droll. The festival will again be held at spacious Harding Park, and runs from July 15 through July 17.The 38th Annual Kiwanis Citrus Parade, chaired by Dan and Casey Salas, will be held on Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. on Main Street. “America’s Citrus Capital on Parade” is the theme of this year’s procession.The festival will feature concerts by top-flight entertainers, carnival rides, an assortment of food booths, games, arts & crafts, cotton candy - a festival isn’t a festival without cotton candy - and various competitions, with a heavy emphasis on the top crops grown in the Santa Paula area, the “Citrus Capital of the World.” With the abundance of area grown citrus and the fine reputation of Santa Paula chefs - although the contests are open to anyone who would like to enter - the competitions centered on lemons, oranges and avocados should have plenty of tasty entries.
City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz announced the Citrus Festival Food Contests early so those thinking of entering will know that the new cash incentive will be awarded along with a Blue Ribbon for the best of the best.On Saturday, July 16 the competition will be held for Best Guacamole, Most Creative Avocado Dish and Best Lemon Dessert. The following day, Sunday, July 17, the competition will heat up with the Best Orange Dessert, and Best Orange or Lemon Marmalade.Sunday will also feature the fun contest to determine the Best Dressed Avocado, Lemon or Orange, a competition that always brings out the wild and crazy side of entrants, who must use their imaginations to outfit the citrus. Also in line for top honors are the Biggest Lemon, Avocado and Orange. Each winner will receive a blue ribbon and $100.00 prize.For more information on these contests and the festival, check the Website: www.santapaulafestival.org.



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