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California Corner: Festivals, Feasts & Fairs

January 20, 2002

Holtville--The 55th Carrot Festival, Jan. 25-Feb. 3, brings a carnival (Jan. 31-Feb. 3), parade (10 a.m. Feb. 2) and rib cook-off (Feb. 3). Vendors and entertainment will fill Holt Park 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 2-3. Free. (760) 356-2923, www.holtvillechamber.ca.gov.

Cloverdale--Fiddlers and fans can enjoy competitions at the 27th annual Old Time Fiddle Contest and Festival on Jan. 26. There will also be crafts and food booths. Fairgrounds, 1 Citrus Fair Drive. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $8; $7 seniors; 11 and younger $3. (707) 894-2067, www.cloveralehistoricalsociety.org.

Fresno--Tartan dress is suggested for the Robert Burns Supper on Jan. 26. The semiformal celebration, honoring the Scottish poet who died in 1796, includes music, Highlands dancers, drink and haggis. Grand Occasions, 4584 W. Jacquelyn Ave. 5:30 p.m. $30 (includes dinner). Reservations suggested: (559) 265-6507, www.scottishsociety.org.

Mendocino--Crab & Wine Days, Jan. 25-Feb. 3, is a week of cruises, cooking demonstrations, cook-offs, food and wine tasting and a fishing exhibition at the Guest House Museum. Free (exhibition) to $75 (Skunk Train luncheons). Call or see Web site for schedule: (866) 466-3636, gomendo.com.

Palm Springs--The Italian Festa, moved to Feb. 2 from its traditional Sunday slot so it will not conflict with the Super Bowl, promises food, music and dancing at the Palm Springs Pavilion, Ramon Road and Sunrise Way. 3-9 p.m. $5; 12 and younger $2.50. (760) 416-3184.

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Laurie K. Schenden; Schenden's e-mail address is

Lkschenden@msn.com.

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