Shortly after we had arrived here in December I had seen advertisement regarding this festival, and already determined back then that we would it attend it. It is a big deal down here, almost like the Tournament of Roses in California. The festival celebrates what Rio Grande Texans are very proud of; their groves of oranges, lemons and grapefruits famous for their rose colored flesh and sweet taste. The activities for the festival begin a couple of weeks before, with a Product Costume Show and Royal Reception. A week later is the Royal Coronation of King Citrus and Queen Citrianna. The latter event is the first place where the 2013 Royal Court and the duchesses competing for a place on the court are introduced, wearing their regalia. The duchesses represent a Valley product, and must wear a ball gown the color of that product. The Duchess of the Ruby Red Grapefruit is pictured below. With her is her assigned page.