Highland Citrus Harvest Festival Page

March 2016
Citrus Harvest Festival Baking Contest

Citrus Harvest Festival

    The 20th Annual Highland Citrus Harvest Festival

    Date: Saturday, March 26, 2016
    Time:10:00am - 3:30pm
    Location: Highland Historic District
    Address: Palm Ave between Fisher St and Pacific Street
    Higkland, CA 92346

  • The 20th Annual Citrus Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, March 26th, 2016.

    This fun family day will include live entertainment, historic home tour, antique and classic car show, lots of unique vendors and great food!

    Historic artisans will be displaying crafts such as rope making, panning for gold and blacksmithing as well as exhibits of antique farm engines and historic orange crates.

    Kids will have an opportunity to enjoy games and activities and are welcome to enter the annual pie eating contest and get a little messy!

    The Festival will be held from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm in Highland's Historic District located at the intersection of Palm Avenue and Pacific Street.

    To be a vendor, please download the application form.
    To apply for the Car Show, please use this application.
    For more information, please contact Kim Stater at (909) 864-8732, extension 204.

  • The Highland Area Historical Society will have a display at the north East corner of Palm Avenue and Main Street.
    Dress in a period costume; have your photo taken at their booth and enter the Costume Contest.

    The Highland Citrus Harvest Festival will be on Palm Avenue from Pacific Street south, and stretching east and west along Main Street.

    View of the area of the Highland Citrus Harvest Festival in a Google map.

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    March is Citrus Harvest Festival Month

    The Rohrer Block on Palm Avenue as it appeared in 1936. Photo courtesy Bill Calvert’s “A Pictorial History of Highland.”

    Each March Highland celebrates the Citrus Harvest Festival in Highland's Historic District (Old Town) at Main Street and Palm Avenue.

    Why the celebration? Highland became famous for growing, packing and shipping citrus fruit between the 1890's and the 1960's when the industry took a sharp decline.

    You have all seen the Baker's site and the CVS Pharmacy on the northeast corner of Baseline and Palm Avenue. This is where Highland's story began, with a small business district named Messina that stretched from Palm Avenue to Church Avenue.

    The railroad established a depot in 1891 on the northeast corner of Palm Avenue and Pacific Street (property now owned by San Bernardino). The town's people saw the immediate advantage in being closer to the depot, literally took the buildings apart, and moved them to the area south of the depot.

    The True Block on the west side of Palm Avenue, built by Alfred A. True, was the first commercial building that included the post office and a drug store. The drug store, managed by Alfred, was at the rear and the post office, managed by Alfred's mother was in the front with the mailboxes about eight feet back.

    The building had a second story that provided a meeting hall and offices. The Knights of Pythias held their meetings there from 1899 to 1926.

    In 1907 the drug store moved to the northwest corner and the post office occupied the single story building (still standing) to the south.

    The building was sold to Charles Rohrer in 1908 and became known as the Rohrer block.

    Across the street was the Longmire Block in which were the first plumbing shop, a restaurant and Jimmy Longmire's Barber Shop.

    The stores had large awnings that added a handsome touch to the business district.

    Two houses are just south of the True/Rohrer Block. The first Brown house, built in 1900, was the home of one of Highland's beloved teachers, Elfreda Brown, and her husband. The second home was the Linville home, built after the death of H.H. Linville in 1915. Mrs. Linville felt that the family home on Boulder Avenue was too far from town.

    South of Main Street on the southwest corner stands the remnants of The First Bank of Highland. Damaged by a fire, only the original part of the building stands today.

    On the northeast corner of Palm Avenue and Main Street once stood the Panfried, a two-story hotel and boarding house. The newspaper editor of the time had, many a time, called for a hotel in the area to accommodate the passengers arriving on the seven daily trains.

    In 1926, the hotel was torn down and the Highland's Woman's Club and Library building was constructed. It was sold in 1963 or 1964 to the Highland Baptist Temple.

    North of and along Pacific Avenue was “packing house row”, through which the railroad ran. Packinghouses were built as early as 1898. The Highland Orange Association was the first. This packinghouse was renovated in 1995 for use as the Dry Ice Hockey Arena.

    Highland had two churches. The First Methodist-Episcopal, on Pacific, and the Highland Congregational church, on Palm Avenue, both still function as churches, although of different denominations.

    This has been just a brief “taste” of the history of the area in which the Citrus Harvest Festival is held each March.

    Mark your calendar and make plans to enjoy yourself at the Citrus Harvest Festival.

    Stop by the Highland Area Historical Society booth and see our display.

    Dress in era costume and enter the Costume Contest there, too. You will receive a souvenir photo.