The National Orange Show

IMG_7995By Jessica Arciniega | Staff Writer |

The 100th National Orange Show (NOS) arrived in town from April 22 to April 26.

The NOS made its first appearance from March 6 to March 11, 1911 but did not operate during World War II (1942-1945).

The NOS is “celebrating a century of citrus fun,” according to

Although the weather was gloomy and it was expected to rain like every other year, the event still went on, raising the question of the so-called rumored “curse” placed on the land by the Serrano Indians.

The growing business of orange trees that were brought in 1857 increased to over a million trees, which pushed the Serrano Indians off the land by militia groups.

“White settlers forced them to move,” stated University of California Riverside history professor Clifford Trafzer in The San Bernardino Sun.

The “Citrus Fair” was developed in order to help promote citrus crops in 1889, which was called the Orange Show. It wasn’t until 1911 that it became national.

It rained the first year the event took place, and every year since, regardless of the dates switching around.

However, that has not changed the event from opening up, because rain or shine, the show must go on, which is why they decided to stick to having it held in the springtime.

The NOS brings the festival to San Bernardino at a low-cost, allowing families to enjoy what it has to offer.

Admission specials started at one dollar for the early birds excited to enjoy the carnival food, fantastical shows, and suspicious yet awesome rides.

It ended its admission at eight dollars, which is still a fair price for what the NOS brings.

The NOS had a baking contest, quilts competition and show for those who wanted to show off their skills.

The baking contest consisted of pies, cakes, jams and cookies.

The quilt competition added to the citrus themed event, allowing competitors to stand off against each other, and not to mention the petting zoo, reptile exhibit, butterfly exhibit and so much more.

The NOS is famous for their orange exhibits, which is how the NOS was born.

It allowed participants to create citrus displays to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

There was plenty of entertainment from concerts to the turkey races, and even the enjoyment of a funnel cake from one of the food trucks.

Food prices ranged from four to six dollars, and you could have enjoyed a fresh apple cobbler for only six dollars.

Tickets for rides and games ranged from three to five tickets, which gave everybody the opportunity for amusement.

Where else could you enjoy time with the family by enjoying fair food, listening to music, and taking a risk to zip-line over a man-made lake?

The National Orange Show was equipped for any family to enjoy fun and excitement, so forget you curse, I can’t wait to go back next year.

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