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Our Mission Historical Museum to host History of Texas Citrus Fiesta Luncheon.

Citrus Fiesta costume

The Mission Historical Museum is set to host the History of the Texas Citrus Fiesta Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 12 pm at the Museum’s annex located at 200 E. Tom Landry.

The Texas Citrus Fiesta has remained an exciting celebration since its beginnings in 1932. At that time, Mission civic leaders decided to promote the citrus industry through a festival featuring decorated streets and store windows, a parade, coronation of a king and queen, a court with ladies-in-waiting, a queen’s ball, exhibits for citrus growers, and a variety of contests and activities. Today, directors of the Texas Citrus Fiesta continue these traditional events and others added since 1932. The creativity inspired by the festival, the recognition of regional participants, and the experienced planning needed to accommodate thousands of residents and visitors combine to make Mission’s annual Texas Citrus Fiesta a premier event in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Join us as Karen Gerhardt Fort, author of various history books on the history of the Galveston Strand including Mission and, most recent, Texas Citrus Fiesta, takes us through the unique account of such a wonderful celebration in Mission’s history. Both titles are currently available for purchase at the museum.

Tickets for the luncheon are $12. They can be purchased at the Museum during regular Museum hours: Tuesday- Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Seating is limited. The Museum is located at 900 Doherty (Shary building) and 200 E. Tom Landry (Annex) in Mission. For information – 580-8646.

PHOTO CAPTION: 1932 Queen Citriana I (Marguerite Daniel). Women representing valley cities and organizations participated in the pageant