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Special Edition • February 1, 2013


Texas Citrus Fiesta

Parade of Oranges delights crowd of thousands By Andrielle Figueroa MISSION—The­Parade­of Oranges,­ one­ of­ the­ Texas Citrus­ Fiesta’s­ most­ celebrated­events,­marched­down Conway­ on­ Saturday­ afternoon.­ Thousands­ of­ Valley residents­ and­Winter­Texans flocked­sidewalks­all­up­and down­the­parade­route­to­enjoy­the­sights­and­sounds­of floats,­bands­and­the­beautiful Fiesta­ duchesses­ riding­ atop convertible­cars.­ Citizens­set­up­chairs­and blankets­ just­ by­ the­ street, many­ with­ popcorn,­ nachos and­ any­ other­ treats­ they found­at­the­Fun­Fair.­ McAllen­and­Mission­Police­Departments­led­the­parade­on­motorcycle­and­in­vehicles.­ The­ Mission­ Fire Department­ joined­ in­ with their­ fire­ trucks­ and­ their clown­ crew.­ Clowns­ rode­ a classic­fire­vehicle,­while­others­walked­alongside­making jokes­and­interacting­with­onlookers.­ Raquel­ Gongora­ said­ the clowns­were­entertaining.­ “My­ favorite­ part­ of­ the parade­ would­ have­ to­ be­ at the­beginning­when­a­clown

started­ flirting­ with­ me,” Gongora­ said.­ “He­ even showed­me­some­leg!” Neighboring­ cities­ contributed­floats­or­vehicles­that represented­ La­ Joya, Palmview,­ Palmhurst, McAllen­and­Hidalgo. The­City­of­Palmhurst­participates­in­the­parade­every year­ with­ a­ beautiful­ float. This­ year’s­ float,­ following the­ Kaleidoscope­ of­ World Cultures­ theme,­ was­ decorated­to­represent­the­country of­ China.­The­ float­ glittered with­ colors­ of­ red­ and­ gold, and­held­children­in­clothing that­ resembled­ those­ of­ the Chinese­culture.­ Spectators­ cheered­ and danced­ with­ cheerleaders from­the­La­Joya­Independent School­ District­ (LJISD)­ as well­as­Mission­Consolidated Independent­ School­ District (MCISD).­ Folkloric­ dancers stomped­their­way­down­the street­in­jeans,­hats­and­cowboy­boots.­ LJISD­ and­ MCISD­ also had­performances­from­high school­ and­ middle­ school bands.­Parade­attendee­Mary Salazar­said­she­attends­every

Texas Citrus Fiesta Royal Float King Citrus Joe Metz, Queen Citrianna Katy Jo Richards and the Royal Court, consisting of the princesses, royal crown bearer and trainbearers, wave cheerfully to a receptive crowd as the Parade of Oranges carried them through downtown Mission on Conway Avenue. Progress Times photo by Jim Brunson year­to­see­the­Mission­High Alyssa,­ play­ in­ the­ Mission my­ son,­ Johnny,­ perform­ in Queen­ Katy­ Jo­ Richards, School­(MHS)­band.­ High­ School­ band,”­ Salazar the­band­as­well.­I­like­spend- King­ Citrus­ 76th­ Joe­ Metz, “I­love­to­come­to­the­pa- said.­ “In­ previous­ years­ our ing­ time­ with­ my­ family and­ the­ entire­ Royal­ Court rade­ to­ see­ my­ daughter, family­ would­ come­ and­ see watching­all­of­the­pretty,­dif- waved­ to­ the­ throngs­ of­ adferent­ floats­ and­ eating­ lots mirers­as­their­huge,­colorful of­goodies.” float­ rolled­ down­ Conway Participants­in­the­parade Avenue.­ General Division Jr. High School Bands had­ the­ opportunity­ to­ comThe­ parade­ had­ over­ 200 1st Place – J.D. Salinas Middle School Art 1st Place – Rafael Cantu Jr. High pete­ in­ several­ categories­ of participants­ and­ marched­ its Club 2nd Place – Kenneth White Jr. High competition.­ One­ category way­from­Griffin­Parkway­to 2nd Place – City of Palmhurst 3rd Place – J. D. Salinas Middle School that­ requires­ the­ most­ work 4th­Street­down­Conway­Av3rd Place – Mission Housing Authority and­ creativity­ is­ the­ Valley enue.­The­mild­temperatures Marching Units - Not Bands Products­ category,­ where hovering­ around­ 80­ degrees Commercial Division 1st Place – Juarez-Lincoln High School floats­ have­ to­ be­ covered­ in made­for­a­pleasant­afternoon 1st Place – Mission Regional Medical Center Folklorico citrus­ and­ other­ products to­enjoy­the­parade­as­fami2nd Place – HEB Plus 2nd Place – VFW James Nikki Rowe grown­in­the­Rio­Grande­Val- lies­ cheered­ and­ waved­ at 3rd Place – Liberty Tax Service Post 2369 Color Guard ley.­ their­favorite­floats.­ 3rd Place – J. D. Salinas Middle School When­ these­ floats­ rolled Esther­Lopez,­a­spectator Church Division Diamond Stars down­ the­ street,­ people­ sitat­the­parade,­said­waving,­in1st Place – Our Lady of the Holy Rosary ting­ nearby­ could­ smell­ the teracting­and­enjoying­every 2nd Place – Iglesia Unidos Para Cristo Golf Cart Division 1st Place – Oleander Acres RV & Mobile Park sweet­ aroma­ of­ citrus­ and bit­of­the­parade­is­why­she greenery­ drifting­ from­ the comes­each­year. High School Bands floats. “It­is­awesome­to­see­the Progress Times 1st Place – La Joya High School Coyote Band Another­ Parade­ of­ Or- city­roll­out­the­red­carpet­and 2nd Place – Sharyland High School View photos from anges­tradition­is­to­have­the have­plenty­of­great­food­and Rattlers Band the Texas Citrus Fiesta Texas­ Citrus­ Fiesta­ Royal music,”­Lopez­said.­ 3rd Place – VMHS/Mission Jr. Hi/Cantu Jr. Hi Court­ ride­ in­ the­ parade. Combined Bands

Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade Winners Valley Products Division 1st Place – Split Rail RV Park 2nd Place – Our Lady of Guadalupe Church 3rd Place – Mission Nursing & Rehab Center Winter Texan II 1st Place – Bentsen Grove Resort 2nd Place – Mission Bell-Tradewinds RV Resort 3rd Place – Green Gate Grove Park Winter Texan I 1st Place – Twin Lakes RV Park 2nd Place – Mission Gardens Resort 3rd Place – Bentsen Palm RV Park School Division 1st Place – Marcell Elementary School 2nd Place – Veterans Memorial High School Cheerleaders 3rd place – Leal Elementary Student Council |

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As Elise Aida Smith, Duchess of Rio Red Grapefruit, bows before King Citrus and Queen Citrianna, page Cole Allen Gerlach takes his position in front of the royal court and duchesses. Progress photos by Jim Brunson

Citrus royalty honored at coronation By Kathy Olivarez An evening of beauty, pageantry and decorum befitting a royal coronation was in store for all the subjects of citrusland in attendance at the crowning of King Citrus and Queen Citrianna LXXVI. The regal Texas Citrus Fiesta event was held Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Mission High School Neuhaus Gym. Festivities began with the recognition of the former Texas Citrus Fiesta Kings who were present. They included Don Lester, Kenneth Martin, Dennis Holbrook, Clay Everhard, Rey Prewett, Dwayne Bair, William “Bud” Harrison, Dave Hardison, Fred Karle, Jimmie Steidinger, Paul Heller, Mike Martin, Mark Fryer, Robert Martin, Tom Aderhold, Don Longwell and Tommy Garcia. The name of the man to be crowned King Citrus is always a closely guarded secret, although the queen’s name has

been known for a year. After all the kings were introduced, King Citrus LXXV, Tommy Garcia, crowned the new King Citrus LXXVI, Joe Metz, whose family has been involved in the citrus industry since 1928. Garcia was assisted by Royal Crown Bearer Kyle Russell Gerlach. After Joe Metz was crowned King Citrus LXXVI, it was his duty to help the little princesses ascend to the Royal Throne, which is sometimes difficult for little legs underneath large, but elegant floorlength gowns. Princess of Red Grapefruit Blossom, Jewelissa Diamante Gonzalez is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Gonzalez and Vianey Zarate of Mission. Princess of Tangerine Blossom, Angelika Kaylin Ochoa is the daughter of Jesus and Lisa Ochoa of Palmview. Princess of Lime Blossom, Riza Renae Hernandez is the daughter of Mark and Sylvia

King Citrus Joe Metz in his royal robes places a jeweled crown on the head of Queen Citrianna Katy Jo Richards during the coronation ceremony.

Hernandez. Princess of Lemon Blossom, Sofia Chanelle Pecina is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fernando Pecina of McAllen. Princess Anna, Jaelynn Avery Mendez is the daughter of Andres and Roxanne SanchezMendez, of Mission. Princess of Orange Blossom, Tess Lanae Varlack is the daughter of Pastor Adrian Jr. and Adrienne Varlack of Mission. Princess of Grapefruit Blossom, Danielle Alexis Vela is the daughter of Carlos Vela and Ernesto and Rachel Mascorro of Edinburg. Lady-in-Waiting, Bianca Gabriela Garza is the daughter of Jose Luis and Imelda Garza of Rio Grande City. Queen Citrianna LXXVI, Katy Jo Richards is the daughter of Travis and Shelley Richards of Edinburg. Queen Citrianna made a regal entrance in a gown of white brocade with gold metallic embroidery. Serving Queen Citrianna as train bearers were William Gilbert Garza, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Garza of Mission; Davion Andres Lawton, son of Lamarcus Lawton and Nellie De la Cruz of Mission; Enriquecarlos Sabastiannicolai Munoz, son of Christopher Tyson Schwindt and Carmen Jessica Munoz of Mission; and Aiden Troy Suits, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Suits Jr., of Mission. Once the 2013 Texas Citrus Fiesta Royal Court was seated, the introduction of Duchesses representing cities across the Rio Grande Valley began. Duchess of the All American City, Karalyssa Ariana Canales is the daughter of Dr. Richard III and Lucy Canales. Her page was Aaron Justice Cano, son of Michael G. and Nora Cano of Pharr. Duchess of Bluebonnet, Victoria Shayin Ortega is the daughter of Arturo and Sonja Ortega of Weslaco. Allesandro Christian Johnson, son of Gerard and Alicia Johnson of Edinburg was her page. Duchess of Bougainvillea, Elizabeth Guadalupe Lopez is the daughter of Arnoldo and

As the royal heralds sound their trumpets, Queen Citrianna LXXVI Katy Jo Richards makes a grand entrance in her regal gown with her trainbearers following close behind. Elizabeth Lopez of McAllen. Her page was Colby James St. John, son of Mr. and Mrs. James St. John of Mission. Duchess of Butterfly, Kimberly Denise Stuart is the daughter of Mark and Jessica Stuart of Mission. Her page was Gavin Matthew Abrego, son of A.J. and Amanda Abrego of Mission. Duchess of Calamondin, Audrey Miranda Elizondo is the daughter of Gus and Gracie Elizondo of Pharr. Her page was Ryan Joseph Cabrera, son of George and Eloisa Cabrera of Edinburg. Duchess of Carrot, Sara Rebeca Ramon is the daughter of Joseph Ramon III and Leticia A. Ramon. Aleksander Quinn Diaz, son of Al and Sandra Diaz of McAllen served as her page. Duchess of Delta Waters, Kendal Dyann Heath is the daughter of James and Carlyn Heath of Mission. Her page was Nathan Hunter Moss, son of Aaron and Sherri Moss of Mission. Duchess of Grain Sorghum, Courtney Paige Teplicek is the daughter of Craig and Phyllis Teplicek of McAllen. Her page

was Gavin Ryland Keith, son of David and Rosette Keith of McAllen. Duchess of Green Pastures, Savanah Lynn Callier is the daughter of Leonard and Helen Callier. Her page was Kristopher Guillot, son of Kris and Cyndi Guillot of Georgetown. Duchess of Honeydew, Aylssa Michelle Aguilar is the daughter of Daniel and Sarah Aguilar. Her page was Blake Ashton Casares, son of Alfonso and Roxanne Casares of Mission. Duchess of International Goodwill, Christian Gracia is the daughter of Abiel Gracia and Claudia Gracia. Daniel Serna, son of Daniel Serna of Hidalgo, served as her page. Duchess of Lantana, Crystal Rojas is the daughter of Pedro and Baudelia Rojas of Alton. Ethan Suits, son of Russell and Gloria Suits of Mission, was her page. Duchess of Lemon, Kaitlin Elizabeth Hoppenstedt is the daughter of Herman and Dina Hoppenstedt of Weslaco. Noah Alexander Contreras, son of Juan and Lilly Contreras of

McAllen, served as her page. Duchess of Live Oak, Briana Sofia Pena is the daughter of Xavier and Diana Pena of Edinburg. Her page was Bryan Mathias Sandoval, son of Felix and Selma Sandoval of Edinburg. Duchess of Maise, Yaletzy Alaniz is the daughter of David Montelongo and Enereida Cantu of Mission. Her page was Osmar Alanis, son of Omar and Nancy Alanis, of Edinburg. Duchess of Marsh White Seedless Grapefruit, Sierra Nicole Long is the daughter of Richard Long and Melissa Awbrey of Edinburg. Her page was Carter Joseph Awbrey, son of Matthew and Pamela Awbrey, of Edinburg. Duchess of Orange, Gina Marsella Garza is the daughter of Jesus O. and Maria T. Garza, of Edinburg. Her page was Robert Ramirez, son of Robert and Francisca E. Ramirez, of Edinburg. Duchess of Palms, Rachel Christine Tunberg is the daughter of John and Dina Tunberg, of McAllen. Her page was

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Mission FFA tops Citrus Identification Contest With 768 entries in this year’s Texas Citrus Fiesta Citrus Youth Show – a nice uptick from last year’s 536 entries – the knowledge and tradition of the citrus industry is being passed down to the next generation. For the second year, the Citrus Youth Show was held in the Mission Chamber of Commerce building prior to the Parade of Oranges on Saturday. Rows and rows of dozens of varieties of citrus were on display for the judges and for curious visitors wanting to learn more about citrus. Each year, the Citrus Youth Show offers area students the opportunity to enter two different contests. First is the Variety Entry Contest, where the best specimens of each variety are awarded ribbons after the judges, who are experts with many years’ experience in the citrus industry, study each entry for size and quality. Next is the Citrus Identification and Judging Contest where students learn how to properly identify various varieties of citrus – from the common to the rare – and judge them for quality. Then they compete as teams, putting their new skills to the test. In the Citrus Identification and Judging Contest, Mission FFA took first place team in

the Senior Division, followed by Veterans Memorial FFA, second; Palmview FFA, third; and La Joya FFA, fourth. In the Junior Division, Mission FFA won first place team, Veterans Memorial FFA was second, Palmview FFA third, and La Joya FFA fourth. Veterans Memorial FFA also took first place in the Sub-Junior Division. High Point winner in the Senior Division was Valerian Gomez, Palmview FFA. In the Junior Division, High Point was awarded to Jose Davila, also of Palmview FFA. High Point in the SubJunior Division went to Bella Alaniz of Veterans Memorial FFA. Los Fresnos FFA swept all three top awards in the Variety Entry Contest. Lane Thomae won both Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion entries, and Truett Cawfield won the Sweepstakes Award. This award is earned by compiling the most points from multiple entries in the citrus Variety Entry competition Citrus growers are key to the success of the show each year by allowing students to enter their groves looking for the best specimens they can find of a wide variety of citrus products. This year, Rio Farms was presented the Grower Award for their out-

standing support of the show. In addition to allowing the students to go into their citrus groves to select their citrus specimens, the growers also donate citrus fruit for the fruit sale the day of the Youth Show, which is used to raise prize money for the winners. Local youth, from elementary age to high school age, who are in FFA or 4-H groups are given the opportunity to learn the characteristics of high quality citrus when they participate in the Texas Citrus Fiesta Youth Show. After instruction, local growers invite the youth into their orchards where they apply what they have learned and select fruit for display and judging at the Citrus Fiesta Youth Show. Once they have picked the citrus they think has the best qualities, the youth thoroughly clean and polish their fruit and set up their displays in the citrus exhibit tent at the Fiesta Fun Fair on parade day. The fruit is then judged by local growers and experts in the citrus industry who will determine which participants made the best decisions when selecting the fruit. The show is under the direction of Ruben Alaniz, Veterans Memorial High School Agricultural Science teacher and FFA advisor, who chairs the event each year.

1st Place Sub-junior Division – Veterans Memorial FFA Members of the first place Sub-junior Citrus Identification and Judging team winning first place pictured are Ana Laura Garcia and Bella Alaniz. Not pictured are Johnny Martinez and Bethany Garza.

Grand Champion and High Point Sub-junior Division Reserve Grand Champion Bella Alaniz Lane Thomae – Los Fresnos FFA Veterans Memorial FFA Progress Times photos by Jim Brunson

1st Place Junior Division – Mission FFA Mission FFA Junior Team members Jose Calderon, Johanna Jimemez and April Cerda won first place in the Citrus Identification and Judging contest.

1st Place Senior Division – Mission FFA Mission FFA Senior Team members Vanessa Calderon, Alyssa Flores, Itzel Lopez and Rolando Hinojosa won first place in the Citrus Identification and Judging contest.

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1st Place, 5th Grade Mia Villarreal Shary Elementary |

2nd Place, 5th Grade Ryan Vick Bryan Elementary

3rd Place, 5th Grade Maria Hernandez Marcell Elementary

1st Place, 4th Grade Myrian Garza O’Grady Elementary

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2nd Place, 4th Grade Sofia Rodriguez O’Grady Elementary

3rd Place, 4th Grad Brandon Salazar Escobar-Rios Elementary

Elementary students compete in Shoebox Float contest By Jim Brunson Myrian Garza, of O’Grady Elementary, took home first place in the fourth grade division of the Texas Citrus Fiesta Shoebox Float competition, while Mia Villarreal, of Shary Elementary, took top honors for fifth graders. The top three winners in both the fourth and fifth grade divisions were presented Saturday at the Fiesta Fun Fair, held in downtown Mission. Winning first place in the fourth grade competition, Myrian Garza took home a blue ribbon and $100 cash prize. An additional $100 cash

By Carina A. Brunson Before Queen Citrianna LXXVI and her Royal Court took the stage Thursday, Jan. 24, the crowd eagerly awaited the announcement of the new King Citrus – a name kept secret until the night of the Royal Coronation. In preparation for the introduction of the new king, 17 past kings were announced and took the stage, forming an impressive line of prominent figures in the citrus industry ready to welcome the newest member of the elite group – King Citrus LXXVI. Last year’s King Citrus, Tommy Garcia, waited at the center of the stage, ready to crown the new king and pass the scepter and throne to his heir of the citrus kingdom. The name of the new queen is revealed at the climax of the

prize was awarded to her teacher to use for classroom supplies. Second place in the Fourth Grade Division went to Sofia Rodriguez of O’Grady Elementary, taking home $75 and a red ribbon. Brandon Salazar, a fourth grader at Escobar-Rios Elementary, won third place and $50. In the Fifth Grade Division, the classroom award of $100 was presented to Mia’s teacher at Shary Elementary School. Second place ribbon and a $75 check were awarded to Ryan Vick from Bryan Elementary. And win-

ning third place was Maria Hernandez of Marcell Elementary School. The floats were judged on whether they used citrus and agricultural products to cover the float, creativity and adherence to this year’s Texas Citrus Fiesta theme: “Kaleidoscope of World Cultures.” The floats are made on the top of a cardboard shoebox. All visible parts of the box must be covered with product or decoration and 50 percent must be covered in agricultural products grown in the Rio Grande Valley. The products can be dried, dehydrated, or even

carved. Citrus must be used somewhere on the float. Glitter can be used to brighten the product. Plastic figures, materials and ribbons can also be used to complete the float. All of this year’s Shoebox Float entries will be on display at Speer Memorial Library until Feb. 28. Elementary school students in fourth and fifth grades at Mission CISD, Sharyland ISD and La Joya ISD are invited to participate in the competition each year. Participating classes select their best floats to compete in the final competition between

schools. The competition is intended to be a fun way for elementary age students to participate in the Texas Citrus Fiesta and learn more about citrus and other Valley agricultural products used in creating the floats. It also gives the students the opportunity to learn about the art of using these products to decorate and bring unique colors to their float projects – just like the costumes in the Product Costume Show. “We had some very nice entries this year,” said Anne Whitfield, co-chair of the

Shoebox Float Competition. They are using the same techniques that are being used to create the product costumes, said co-chair Adela Ortega. This includes scavaging for products that will produce the desired colors, then pulverizing and dehydrating the leaves and flowers before they can be applied to the floats. Jim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times, is the sponsor of the Shoebox Float competition. Prize money and ribbons are awarded to the top three floats in each grade level, for fourth grade and fifth grade.

Joe Metz anointed King Citrus LXXVI previous year’s festivities, so her identity is long known before her coronation. The King’s identity, however, is a closely guarded secret until the presentation on coronation night. The anointed King Citrus is always affiliated with some aspect of the citrus industry and is elected by the Ex-King’s Association. This year, the Ex-King’s Association honored Joe Metz for his commitment to the citrus industry, crowning him King Citrus LXXVI. Growing up amid citrus trees at his home east of Edinburg, becoming a part of the citrus industry was a natural path for Metz. His father, John Metz of Edinburg, was one of the citrus pioneers of the Rio Grande Valley, planting his first grapefruit grove in 1928. As Metz grew up, his father

continued to grow citrus, did grove care, farmed row crops and worked for the Edinburg Citrus Association. In the Future Farmers of America at Edinburg High School, Metz was on the judging team at the Livestock Show and at the citrus judging at the Texas Citrus Fiesta. In the early 1970s, Metz started custom spraying citrus trees around the Edinburg area with one of the first wind blast sprayers in the Valley. The business thrived and grew into Metz and Kappler Grove Service, which continued custom spraying. The company also sold agricultural chemicals and fertilizer. Metz owned extensive citrus groves along with his partner, Howard Kappler. After the 1983 freeze, Metz began Metz and Waite Farms

west of Mission with his wife, Sharon Waite. Sharon’s father, T.B. Waite Jr., former Hidalgo County Judge and Mayor of McAllen, had farmed there for many years. Sharon’s maternal grandfather, Evan Rees, had raised citrus in Mission since the 1920s. The couple started a citrus nursery and citrus groves, including grapefruit, navel and Marrs oranges, and Sunburst tangerines. He was the first to protect his citrus with the new microjet sprinkler system, which worked in the 1989 freeze, and protects all of his groves today. Metz diversified with sugarcane in the mid-1990s. He was named the number one large acreage sugar cane grower two different times. In 1995, the couple began the first website “Texas Country Store” on the Internet selling gift fruit. Metz’s proudest accomplishment was raising four children, Jody, John, Jennifer and Courtney; who have given him five grandchildren. Metz also has two step children, Charlie Clark and Anne Clark Lawson, and two grandkids. Metz has been involved in numerous agricultural organizations such as the Farm Bureau, the Mercedes Livestock Show, and has served on the board of directors of Texas Citrus Mutual, Texas Citrus Committee, the Agua Special Utility District, as well as civic

King Citrus LXXVI Joe Metz organizations such as Easter Seals. Although Metz is semi-re-

tired and no longer grows sugarcane, he still raises cattle and citrus.

Above: Former King Citruses take the stage in preparation for the announcement of King Citrus LXXVI Joe Metz at the Texas Citrus Fiesta Royal Coronation. Progress Times photo by Andrielle Figueroa

At Left: The royal heralds sound the fanfare of trumpets as the new King Citrus takes the stage for his coronation. Progress Times photo by Jim Brunson

Progress Times View photos from the Texas Citrus Fiesta

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1st Place Competitive Float - Valley Products Split Rail RV Park

1st Place Competitive Float - Winter Texan II Bentsen Grove Resort

1st Place Competitive Float - Winter Texan I Twin Lakes RV Park

2nd Place Competitive Float - Valley Products Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

1st Place Competitive Float - Commercial Mission Regional Medical Center

1st Place Competitive Float - Schools Leo Marcell Elementary

1st Place Competitive Float - Church Our Lady of the Holy Rosary

1st Place Competitive Float - General J.D. Salinas Middle School Art Club

3rd Place Competitive Float - Valley Products Mission Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

2nd Place Competitive Float - General City of Palmhurst

2nd Place Competitive Float - Winter Texan I Mission Garden Resort

2nd Place Competitive Float - Winter Texan II Mission Bell - Tradewinds

2nd Place Competitive Float - School VHMS Cheerleaders

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Texas Citrus Fiesta Product Costume Show has unique costumes By Kathy Olivarez No style show in the world is quite like the Texas Citrus Fiesta Product Costume Show where costumes are made from Valley agricultural products. After the most of the long-time designers dropped out of the show, younger people are developing the same skills and each year the costumes get more creative and more elaborate. It takes each designer sev-

eral years to come up with techniques that work well, so designers with the most skills made the most elaborate costumes, while newer designers had simpler costumes. This year, there were exceptional costumes on display. With the theme Kaleidoscope of World Cultures, there was an array of costumes representing different countries. Most of the 14 costumes were for pri-

mary/elementary children. The first place costume and winner of the People’s Choice Award was made by Nancy Ramirez and modeled by Nathaly Ramirez. Representing the country of Brazil, the center panel of the gown resembled the Brazilian flag, which was green with a yellow diamond bearing a blue globe and 26 white stars in the pattern of the night sky over

Brazil. The motto in a white band means order and progress. The green of the flag was made from processed citrus leaves, while yellow orange peel, white onion skins, blue plumbago and citrus seeds were also used in the flag. A statue of Christ the Redeemer, covered in Texas sage, depicted on the front panel represented the faith of Brazil. A mountain at the base of the statue was covered in ground mesquite sawdust. A parrot flying over the flag got it colors from bougainvillea flowers, ground citrus leaves and orange peels. Nathaly had a second parrot perched on a citrus branch she carried. Her gown had side panels covered in powdered orange product with a large flower fashioned of grapefruit peel in the center of each panel. Pumpkin seeds were used to from swirls around the flowers.

The back of the dress was covered with fresh orange tree leaves as a reminder of the lush rain forest. She wore a cuff bracelet covered in cotton bolls and white onion peel to represent the clouds and sky. Cascading pumpkin seeds represented the rain. Second place went to Brett Gerlach, who wore a Mayan warrior costume designed by his father Brian Gerlach. The warrior’s collar armor was made of processed avocado leaves and ground tangerine peel. Dehydrated citrus slices accented the center of the collar. He wore a brown skort covered in mesquite branch sawdust. The waistband was covered in processed citrus leaves and accented in dehydrated citrus slices. The skort feature citrus wood buttons and a draped belt of bougainvillea and avocado leaves. He wore an elaborate head-

piece covered with avocado leaves with gold trim made of tangerine peel. There was an inlay of pumpkin seed jewels. Citrus slices also accent the headpiece. Plumes of pampas grass complete the hat. Third place went to Makenzie Gerlach, who was dressed as a little German girl. Her grandmother, Mary Virginia Gerlach, made the costume. Her costume featured a black vest covered in charred mesquite. The outer edge of the vest was done with black onion seeds and cording of charred mesquite that formed an intricate swirl design. The skirt was covered in processed purple bougainvillea flowers. A petticoat of white onionskin peeked out from under the skirt. She wore an apron of blended onionskin accented with dehydrated orange slices

1st Place Teen Division Model: Miranda Vick Title: Cleopatra Designer: Sylvia Vick

1st Place Adult Division Model: Maria Ojeda Title: Explorer Designer: Sara Olivarez

2nd Elementary Division Model: Brett Gerlach Title: Mayan Warrior Designer: Brian Gerlach

Model: Leyana Gonzalez Designer: Sylvia Gonzalez

Model: Alyssa Navarro Designer: Myling Landez

Model: Briana Garza Designer: Sara Mae Gonzalez

Model: Ayden Olivarez Designer: Sara Olivarez

1st Place Hat Model: Madison Gerlach Title: Carmen Miranda Designer: Sylvia Vick

2nd Place Hat Model: Zachary Gerlach Title: Cooley Designer: Elena Martinez

3rd Place Hat Model: Julissa Gonzalez Title: Hawaiian Princess Designer: Maria B. Olivarez

Honorable Mention Model: Jaquelin Rojas Title: Queen Jaquelin Designer: Rosalinda Olivarez

People’s Choice Award 1st Place Elementary Division Model: Nathaly Ramirez, Title: Amazon Rain Forest, Designer: Nancy Ramirez

2nd Place Teen Division Model: Destiny Gonzalez Title: Memorable Jamaica Designer: Destiny Gonzalez

Model: Adam J. Ortiz Designer: JoAnn M. Olvera

3rd Place Elementary Division Model: Makenzie Gerlach Title: German Girl Designer: Mary V. Gerlach

Model: Kairi Olivarez Designer: Rosalinda Olivarez

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Texas Citrus Fiesta Vaquero Cook-off Winners

Backyard Grillers 1st Place Pork Ribs, 1st Place Pan de Campo, 3rd Place Beef Ribs

Diamond C Ranch – Grand Champion 1st Place Best Campsite, 3rd Place Citrus Presentation, 2nd Place Ranchero Beans, 3rd Place Pork Ribs Progress Times Photos by Jim Brunson

Vaquero Cook-off Results Grand Champion Diamond C Ranch Texas Edition 1st Place Ranchero Beans, 2nd Place Citrus Presentation, 3rd Place Campsite

Pan de Campo 1st – Backyard Grillers 2nd – Smoke and Roll 3rd – Los Compadres Ranchero Beans 1st – Texas Edition 2nd – Diamond C Ranch 3rd – Smoke and Roll

The Lawmen Cooking Team 1st Place Fajitas, 2nd Place Campsite

Slap U Mama 1st Place Beef Ribs

RPM Cooking Team 1st Place Citrus Presentation, 3rd Place Peach Cobbler

Los Compadres 1st Place Peach Cobbler, 3rd Place Pan de Campo

Fajitas 1st – Lawmen 2nd – Morning 3rd – JP Luis Garza Beef Ribs 1st – Slap U Mama 2nd – Smokin Pistols 3rd – Backyard Grillers Pork Ribs 1st – Backyard Grillers 2nd – Morning 3rd – Diamond C Ranch

Peach Cobbler 1st – Los Compadres 2nd – Smoke and Roll 3rd – RPM Best Campsite 1st – Diamond C Ranch 2nd – Lawmen 3rd – Texas Edition Citrus Presentation 1st – RPM 2nd – Texas Edition 3rd – Diamond C Ranch |

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Mayor’s International Brunch celebrates ties with Mexico By Andrielle Figueroa MISSION—The Mayor’s International Brunch began early on Saturday Jan. 26, the same day as the Parade of Oranges. The event included visitors from all over the state with special guests from official Sister Cities in Mexico. Texas Secretary of State John Steen joined Mayor Beto Salinas in the celebration of unity. Attendees enjoyed sweet bread and coffee before the event started. Members of the community visited with elected state representatives for the area and officials from

out of state. Deputy City Manager Aida Lerma was the host for the brunch. The Mission Police Department Color Guard performed the Presentation of Colors, and Miss Tip of South Texas Krystal Cavazos sang the U.S. National Anthem. Rafael Antonio Camacho Cota of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, sang the Mexico National Anthem. Mayor Salinas gave his welcoming remarks and stated he was excited to have everyone there, adding making connections with Mexico was a hope and dream of for-

mer Mission Mayor Arnaldo Ramirez. “He (Ramirez) always said that we had to have a Mexico de afuera, which was Mission…and he really, really loved Mexico,” Salinas said. “All this that we do, we do it in his honor. He would be happy today, because we have so many communities from Mexico that are joined with us.” U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar also spoke, greeting and welcoming honored guests. Cuellar greeted the brunch group by stating, “Viva los Estados Unidos y

Viva Mexico!” “Mayor, when you have your international breakfast…the word international signifies a lot,” Cuellar said. “We see the symbolism of not only culture, trade, music and food… but of two countries that have a destiny, that are meant to be together.” The keynote address was giving by Secretary Steen and was introduced by Madam Chairman and Commissioner of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Cynthia Leon. Leon stated Steen is the 108th Texas Secretary of

State and has experience as an attorney. He has served in multiple leadership roles on boards such as the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), the University of Texas at San Antonio Development Board the Distinguished Leaders Council. “While agriculture is a cornerstone of this region’s economy, I recognize the diversity of the South Texas economy,” Steen said. “Especially the importance of border commerce and trade. The Valley economy depends on a healthy trade relationship with Mexico.”

Steen went on to say Mexico is Texas’ largest trading partner with $87 billion in exports to Mexico and $175 billion in imports. As the brunch continued, 12 Mission sister cities were presented with plaques holding the keys to the City of Mission. Salinas represented the City of Mission, while Presidente Municipal Efrain De Leon Leon represented Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas in the Sister City Signing for 2013, inducting Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas to the Mission’s family of Sister Cities.

Citrus royalty introduced at reception By Andrielle Figueroa MISSION—The 76th Texas Citrus Fiesta Royal Reception held on Jan. 19 was an evening filled with socializing, enthusiasm and dancing. Attendees joined current and past royalty in a night of dining and celebration of the 2013 Fiesta.

The tables were covered in lime green cloths, decorated with centerpieces that contained shades of blue, purple, red, silver and yellow. The decorations all followed suit with this year’s theme, Kaleidoscope of World Cultures. Duchesses from across the

Rio Grande Valley floated around the hall in the most elegant and decorative gowns appropriate to their titles. Each of the young ladies visited with attendees introducing their title and kind words. The Duchess of Pink Grapefruit, who represented Sharyland, wore a pastel pink

Following the formal introductions of the Royal Court and duchesses at the Royal Reception, the duchesses and their fathers enjoyed a daddy-daughter dance together. Progress Times photo by Jim Brunson

gown, draped with beaded designs and tulle mirroring the color of grapefruit. “It has been a wonderful experience, I have met so many people,” the Duchess of Pink Grapefruit said. At the event the duchesses are not allowed to speak their names, only to share the product or city they represent. King Mark Fryer of the 69th Texas Citrus Fiesta introduced previous Citrus Fiesta Kings, reigning King Citrus Tommy Garcia, and Queen Citrianna LXXVI Katy Jo Richards, along with the 2013 Royal Court. All who were presented glided across the center of the room with grace and elegance. Each duchess shared a small speech, including the younger princesses in the Tangerine Court. Princess Anna 76th, Jaelyn Avery Mendez, said she was so happy to be named Princess Anna and was blessed for the support of family and friends. Shortly after the presentations, all of the duchesses, princesses and queen were able to share a special dance with their fathers. All of the fathers and daughters joyfully jived and sang to the song “My Girl” by The Temptations. Then the dancing began for the whole party; all the duchesses linked arms and danced the night away under the bright neon lights. Former kings chatted away with friends and family. King Citrus Tommy Garcia said he was enjoying every moment of the event. “It is my first time attending this event as a king…I’m having a great time here with my family,” Garcia said. “All of the young ladies are outstanding…I’m having a blast.” He explained his reign would end on the night of the Texas Citrus Fiesta Royal Coronation, but said it was an honor being king for the last year.

Princess Anna LXIII Jaelynn Avery Mendez is escorted by former King Citrus Judd Flowers as she is introduced the Royal Reception. Progress Times photo by Jim Brunson

Fiesta Fun Run winners announced The Fiesta Fun Run, held as part of the Texas Citrus Fiesta events each year, had a field of 78 runners participate in this year’s event. The 5K run/walk was held Saturday, Jan. 26 at Bentsen Community Park under the direction of Jorge Chapa, Mission Parks & Recreation supervisor. “It was a very successful event,” Chapa said. “ The weather was great. Everybody enjoyed it.” Beating the time of last year’s first place overall runner by nearly one minute was this year’s Jesus Macias, who came in first overall with a time of 15:36. As you might expect, he was entered in the 15-18M Division. First place female was Jennifer Rubio (23:53), and first place 65 and over male was Roger Nelson, with a pretty good time at 28:27.


Duchess of Whitewing Clarissa Conde enjoys visiting with former King Citrus Don Lester at the Royal Reception. Progress Times photo by Jim Brunson


Zachary Ryan Phillips, son of Al and Dolores Phillips, of McAllen. Duchess of Pink Grapefruit, Melanie Kay San Ramon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. San Ramon. Her page was Noah Yishai Valle, son of Jesse and Sylvia Valle of McAllen. Duchess of Poinsettia, Melanie Paige Garcia is the daughter of Frank and Diana Garcia of Mercedes. Her page was Roman Gabriel Esqueda, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roman Esqueda, of Mission. Duchess of Retama, Yesenia Yvette Guerrero is the daughter of Tillie Salinas, of La

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Joya. Her page was Adrian Rolando Saenz, son of Rolando and Amanda Saenz, of Edinburg. Duchess of Rio Red Grapefruit, Elise Aida Smith, is the daughter of Roland Frank and Melissa Martinez Smith. Her page was Cole Allen Gerlach, son of Keith and Roxie Gerlach. Duchess of Ruby Red Grapefruit, Alyssa Lynette Vela is the daughter of Jorge R. and Veronica S. Vela, of Mission. Her page was Masyn Augustus Vela, son of Carlos and Cathy Vela, of McAllen. Duchess of Star Ruby

Grapefruit, Itzel Flores is the daughter of Jose Ernesto and Juana M. Flores, of Mission. Her page was Eduardo Flores, son of Rusbel and Amanda Flores, of Penitas. Duchess of Whitewing, Clarissa Danielle Conde is the daughter of Manuel I. and Lydia Conde of Mission. Her page was Lloyd Loya, son of Lloyde and Aydee Loya, of Mission. Duchess of Wildflower, Adela Parras is the daughter of Jose and Iliana Parras-Canchola of Mission. Her page was Sammy Femat, son of Sergio and Celina Femat, of McAllen.

where pumpkin and orange seeds were used to form flowers and butterflies. Other models in the primary/elementary division included Alysssa Navarro, who represented Ireland. Adam Ortiz represented the country of Spain, wearing a little vaquero or cowboy outfit made by JoAnn Olivera. Mexico was represented by Ayden Olivarez, in the form of historical character Juan Seguin, a peasant farmer who had a vision of the Virden de Guadalupe. He came to Mission “to spread the Word.” His costume was designed by Sara Olivarez. Italy was represented by Briana Garza, wearing her favorite dress made for her 11th birthday by her grandmother, Sara Mae Gonzalez. Africa was represented by Lyana Gonzalez; her costume was designed by Sylvia Gonzalez. The dress consisted of a simple sheath like those worn my many African tribal women. What better costume to represent the United States than the Statue of Liberty, which represents freedom for all? This costume was modeled by Kairi Olivarez and created by Rosalinda Olivarez. The entire costume was fashioned from dehydrated lemon, orange, grapefruit and tangerine leaves. In the teen division, first place went to Miranda Vick, wearing a costume representing Cleopatra, the most famous queen of Egypt. The gown was covered in blended lemon leaves and accepted with a belt of processed orange citrus peel. A cascading belt is accented in

Other first place winners in their respective age brackets included: Basilio Mendoza, 45-49M, 18:43; Jesus Bazaldua, 35-39M, 20:33; Andy Lerma, 19-24M, 23:29; Lorenzo Garza, 25-29M, 24:17; Craig Verley, 50-54M, 24:19; Anahi Robles, 15-18F, 24:58; Mark Nering, 60-64M, 25:57; Melissa Jimenez, 4044F, 26:32; Jessica Cantu, 3539F, 26:33; Jesenia Gomez, 25-29F, 26:46; Cindy Compean Flores, 50-54F, 28:21; Issuhi Bazaldua, 14U M, 29:22; Pete Charles Sr., 5559M, 29:24; Lorraine Gonzalez, 45-49F, 31:33; Lauren Lopez, 14U F, 36:21; Luciano Lopez Jr., 40-44M, 36:24; and Carol Grossman, 65+F, 38:05. Chapa said he wanted to extend “a special thank you to all the people who came out and enjoyed the morning by walking the two miles.” from pg. 8B

cantaloupe seeds. The handled cross was covered in burnt citrus peel. She wore a beautiful jeweled collar decorated with tiles of tangerine and lime peel, bougainvillea, mesquite sawdust and cantaloupe seeds. Her headband was also covered with powdered tangerine peel and centered with a dehydrated lime slice. Jewels of lime and tangerine tiles and lavender crepe myrtle sparkle in the lights. Jewels of tangerine hang from the headband. Cleopatra wore cuffs covered in tangerine peel and trimmed in burnt orange peel. Jewels of lemon, tangerine and lime tiles accent the cuffs. Her sandals were covered in burnt orange peel. Second place went to Destiny Gonzalez, who represented Jamaica. She also designed the costume. First place in the adult category went to Maria Ojeda, who was dressed as an Australian explorer. The costume was designed by Sara Olivarez. Her shirt was covered in citrus sawdust and citrus leaves accented to shirtsleeves. Her vest was fashioned from green citrus leaves and accented with dehydrated orange slices. A silhouette of a kangaroo covered in citrus sawdust was featured on the back of the vest. Her sorts were fashioned from mesquite sawdust and studded with citrus seeds. She carried binoculars covered in burnt citrus products and mesquite sawdust. She wore a hat covered in citrus leaves. In the hat division Madison Gerlach wore a “Brazilian hat”

made famous by actress Carmen Miranda, who became the inspiration for the Chiquita Banana logo. Her hat was designed by Sylvia Vick. The base of the hat was covered in mesquite sawdust. The apple and grapes were covered in bougainvillea. A pineapple peaking from the top was dusted in grapefruit tree leaves. The banana is covered with orange and lemon peel while the oranges were covered with a blend of orange and tangerine peel. Dehydrated slices of grapefuit, lemon, lime, oranges and tangerine were scattered around the hat. Second place went to Zachary Gerlach represented China modeling a Cooley hat fashioned from cornhusks made by grandmother Elena Martinez. The silhouette of a dragon fashioned from onion seeds was centered on the hat. Dehydrated citrus slices hanging from the brim added a touch of whimsy. Third place hat went to Julissa Gonzalez who represented Hawaii by wearing a tropical headdress made of silk flowers covered in tangerine peels and ground bougainvillea petals. The center of each flower features citrus seeds. Lemon leaves were scattered around the headdress. Earning honorable mention, Jacquelin Rojas represented the Queen of Great Britain wearing a crown created of poster board and layered with white onionskins and embellished with dehydrated tangelo pith. It was designed by Rosalinda Olivarez.

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Texas Citrus Fiesta Names 77th Royal Court The Texas Citrus Fiesta has announced Queen Citrianna LXXVII and her Royal Court who will preside over the 77th Texas Citrus Fiesta next year. The new Queen Citrianna will be Sara Rebecca Ramon, pictured third from left, from Mission. She was Duchess of Carrot in this year’s Fiesta. Also selected for the 2014 Royal Court are, from left: Brianna Sofia Peña, Edinburg, Princess of Grapefruit Blossom; Yesenia Yvette Guerrero, La Joya, Lady-in-Waiting; Sara Rebecca Ramon; Elise Aida Smith of Mission, Princess of Orange Blossom; Kendal Dyann Heath of Mission, First Alternate; and Rachel Christine Tunberg of McAllen, Second Alternate. Photo by Jim Brunson

New court was a kaleidoscope of colors By Carina A. Brunson The new court, consisting of Queen Citrianna 77th and the attending princesses, was a rainbow of colors as they posed for photos after their selection at conclusion of the Royal Coronation ceremony. Green, orange, red, yellow and blue lined up in a row to represent the new court and the Texas Citrus Fiesta. The Neuhaus Gym was decorated in bright colors of purple, red, green, pink and teal. Foil materials in bright colors were bunched up adorning the stage and walkway in a kaleidoscope of colors. The duchesses took the walkway to show the crowd their dresses of chiffon, Chantilly lace, sequins, silk and taffeta. Duchesses wore the colors of their namesake as they did their last promenade before the new court was announced. They each carried a small scepter with a ball on top adorned with bright colored sequins and shapes to resemble the world. Colors of yellow, orange, pink, green, blue, grey, orange and lime swayed to and

fro as the ladies went to their seats to await the results. The first awards presented were for Miss Congeniality, which was presented to Duchess of Ruby Red Anyssa Lizette Vela. She wore a ruby red silk taffeta dress adorned with miniature glass beads, iridescent sequins and crystals with a cluster of Ruby Reds in the back and the center of her overskirt. The award for Miss Photogenic was given to Kaitlin Elizabeth Hoppenstedt. Hoppenstedt was the Duchess of Lemon, wearing an elegant gown of soft yellow satin and lace embroidered with green seed beads representing the leaves of the lemon; clusters of Rio Grande Valley Lemons were found throughout the skirt. The duchesses waited patiently as it was now time to announce the new royal court. For someone that said she had never done anything like this, Sara Rebecca Ramon, took the stage well after being named next year’s queen. Ramon wore a beautiful

dark orange and eggplant gown reminiscent of carrots. The back of the skirt featured a bustle of green silk ombre with strips of the dark orange and eggplant flowing down the skirt. Ramon said the experience was one of the most memorable experiences she has had. She enjoyed the chance to spend time with friends. She said she is honored to serve as an ambassador and is looking forward to the next year. Ramon is the daughter of Joseph Ramon III and Leticia A. Ramon of Mission. She is a senior at Sharyland High School where she is a Distinguished Achievement Graduate, and is a four-year “A” and “B” honor student. Ramon has played varsity softball for four years and varsity volleyball for two years. Her hobbies include being a part of the youth ministry and ACTS Team at Our Lady of Sorrows Church and cooking, baking and painting. Next year’s Princess of Grapefruit Blossom will be Brianna Sofia Peña. She is the

daughter of Xavier and Diana Peña of Edinburg. She served as Duchess of Live Oak wearing a dark green gown with brown lace overlays. Peña is a junior at Edinburg North High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society. She is president of the Edinburg North FFA Chapter and president of the Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas: Court Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Her hobbies include lector at Sunday masses at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Edinburg and raising and showing breeding cattle year-round. Elise Aida Smith, was named the Princess of Orange Blossom. She is the daughter of Roland Frank Smith and Melissa Martinez Smith of Mission. Smith served as Duchess of Rio Red Grapefruit by wearing a stunning dress of crimson red silk, with lace and velvet touches and grapefruit adorning the hem and back of the dress. Smith is a senior at Sharyland High School. Honors in-

clude winning a Sharyland High School Leadership Award, making the All Valley Volleyball first team in 2011 and 2012 and being a regional track qualifier in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Smith’s hobbies include a love of art and painting. She enjoys sports, including volleyball, track and hunting. Named as the Lady-InWaiting, Yesenia Yvette Guerrero served as the Duchess of Retama wearing a golden yellow gown with metallic gold threading and iridescent sequins and pearls. Guerrero is the daughter of Tillie Salinas of La Joya. Guerrero is a freshman at the University of Texas-Pan American. Special honors include winning the national title of Miss Royal Dynasty America in 2012. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class. She enjoys dancing with the Blazers Dance Team at UTPA and a being cadet of the Army ROTC.

First Alternate will be Kendal Dyann Heath, daughter of James Heath and Carlyn Heath of Mission, who served as Duchess of Delta Waters wearing an aquamarine blue raw silk dress. She is a junior at Sharyland High School where she is in the top six percent of her class. She is a student council member and serves as varsity cheer captain. Heath enjoys volleyball and track. Duchess of Palms, Rachel Christine Tunberg, was named second alternate. She wore a green silk dress with a front panel of yellow featuring a palm tree in the sunset scene made of rhinestones. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Tunberg of McAllen. Tunberg is a junior at Edinburg High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society and has received the Superintendent’s Award. She was a gold medal soloist at UIL State Competition and currently serves as a member of the 2013 All-State Choir. Her hobbies are singing and dancing.

Near the conclusion of the Royal Coronation ceremony, and before the new Queen Citrianna and Royal Court for 2014 are introduced, the duchesses line up on the ramp to the stage with their pages for a close-up look by the audience. Progress Times photo by Andrielle Figueroa

Above and Below: The duchesses of the Texas Citrus Fiesta Royal Court are seated on the stage before the Royal Court in their colorful gowns. Each gown is designed to represent the Valley product represented by the duchess. Progress Times photos by Andrielle Figueroa

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