Scott Jeffers, winner of the 2006 Citrus Festival Poster Contest, hands Kiwanis President Sheryl Misenhimer the winning poster design. Photo by Don Johnson

Citrus Festival poster showcases beauty of SP’s heritage

June 21, 2006
Citrus Festival July 14, 15, 16, Harding Park
Santa Paula News
By Peggy Kelly Santa Paula TimesLemons, oranges, and avocados will lead the way to the 39th Annual Kiwanis Citrus Carnival the City Council learned at the June 5 meeting where they were presented with the prize-winning poster for the event.“I’m so excited to be here,” said Kiwanis President Sheryl Misenhimer. “I don’t know if you know that the Kiwanis Citrus Festival is the longest running in the state of California without taking one year’s also the largest citrus festival in the United States. It’s a lot to be proud of.”Information on the July 14-16 festival can be found on its Web site, where “Everyone in the town or in the world can find out about it...”Misenhimer noted that the Kiwanis “is very proud of our town,” and proud of the strong sponsorship - led by Limoneira Co. - and number of supporters for this year’s event.City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz “Is a very helpful person, really shown us a lot of great ways to run the festival and with the help of Community Services we expect another great success.”The Citrus Festival - held at Harding Park - will offer carnival rides, citrus competitions, entertainment, a parade, games and vendors among other attractions.“There’s something new this year, a farmers market that actually is going to be selling citrus” and other produce. “We’ll have a coffee house, specialty foods and a Family Fun stage where we hope adult and kids groups come and perform.”
Misenhimer said that the world famous Los Lobos will headline the event and that other top notch entertainment lined up include Chico and Little Joe y La Familia. Local favorites including The Piru River Band and House Arrest will also be appearing during the festival.“Tonight I was going to present you with the Citrus Festival poster but instead I’ll give you a sneak peak and show you how beautiful it is,” as the posters still being printed said Misenhimer.“We had an international competition and the Santa Paula Society of the Arts was asked to choose the winning poster. I think they came up with the very best one,” a beautiful work that reflects the theme of the festival and the heritage of Santa Paula that is the basis of the celebration.“Actually it’s exciting that we had someone from our own county,” who created the selected work, Scott Jeffers of Simi Valley.“Kiwanis wants to thank you so much for supporting the you know all proceeds from this go to the children,” noted Misenhimer. “Kiwanis (International) wants to make a difference in our community, one community and one child at a time.

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