Costumes are created according to the present theme, and are completely covered in Citrus and agricultural products that grow in our area. Some designers spend over 200 hours preparing the products and creating the costumes for the Product Show. The costumes are judged by individuals who have made costumes in the past years. Winners are announced at the event and monetary prizes are presented in many places throughout the years but we are the proudest of their presentation at the White House and out Capital in Austin, Texas.
The Parade started in 1932 and features different float categories, marching bands, military and marching units, pageant contestants, commercial entries and many others. Participants and spectators from all over the Rio Grande Valley, state of Texas, Winter Texans, and even from other countries look forward to attending the parade. The most popular entries are those covered in Citrus and agricultural products.
A Fair of various exhibits that include educational and commercial information for the public, along with arts and crafts, food and citrus vendors and a variety of entertainment and displays. Vendors do pay a fee for a booth space, but the event itself is free from 10:00am – 10:00pm and usually held in the Mission downtown area.
A King is selected by the Texas Citrus Kings Association, representing the citrus industry. A Pageant is held for young ladies from all over the Rio Grande Valley to compete for the position of Queen Citrianna. The Queen will be presented with a scholarship and both King and Queen will be crowned that night.
A formal black-tie ball will be the first time that the contestants will be presented to the public. Their families, dignitaries and Fiesta Sponsors are invited to this elegant event, which has been held annually since 1932.
Students from 4th and 5th Grade from elementary schools in Sharyland and La Joya area are invited in October to participate in this contest. The contestants are to create miniature parade floats that must be covered in Citrus and other agricultural products. Judges will select the winners who’s boxes will be presented at the Product Costume Show.