City of Highland kicks off spring with annual Citrus Harvest Festival

Photo Manny B. Sandoval: The annual Citrus Harvest Festival brings hundreds of spectators to the city’s historic district.
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The City of Highland’s Citrus Harvest Festival was held on Saturday, March 30th.The event, held in historic Highland, is a spring festival, celebrating the city’s citrus history. 

Hundreds of community members and some local dignitaries stopped by for some fun. 

Photo Manny B. Sandoval: Live entertainment located on Main Street in Historic Highland.

“I attend the Citrus Harvest Festival every single year. This is the first year I participated in the citrus growing contest; I didn’t win, but it’s still a great day celebrating with my city,” said Miranda Acosta, Highland resident. 

Activities included 200 vendors, live entertainment, historic demonstrators, a heritage home tour, an antique car show, ugly dog contest, and a pie-eating contest.

“This festival is so close to home, my family and I could literally walk here…but we drove, because I brought my classic car out. Thank you to the city for putting together this festival,” said Donald Marzullo, Highland resident.

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The walking tour of Highland’s Historic District was one of the festival’s standout activities.

“The district includes the city’s original town site, which was platted in 1891, and parts of a 1904 addition; significant development in the district continued through 1938. Development in Highland was driven by the citrus industry, Southern California’s dominant industry at the time; as Highland was located at the junction of the busy Palm Avenue and the newly completed Santa Fe Railroad, it became a natural industrial center,” according to the Citrus Harvest Festival press release.

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