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Mr. R. I. Clearman, then secretary/manager of the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce, originated the Orange Blossom Festival on April 23, 1932 to counteract the depression blues. Each year since then, with a few misses, Lindsay has celebrated with an Orange Blossom Queen and her court, an Honored Couple, a Saturday parade, and a celebration in the city park.

The first two Orange Blossom Festivals featured "The Pageant of the San Joaquin," a gigantic historical play written by Valda Prizer. It had a cast of more than 400 people and was performed in the foothills between Lindsay Peak and Elephant’s Back. Hundreds participated, including the community of Strathmore in the play, as various episodes of the past were unfolded: ¬the time the Yokuts Indians roamed the Lindsay plains, the days of Mexican rule, the Gold Rush, the planting of the orange groves and, finally, the completing of Shasta and Friant dams. The finale included children in colorful capes forming a "Rainbow of Promise,” ending with carloads of oranges being released down the foothills for the 4,000 guests to enjoy as they returned to their homes.

Courtesy of the Lindsay Museum and Gallery Archive Collection

Past Orange Blossom Queens

  • 2017 - Kassandra Gutierrez
  • 2016 - Angela Bolanos
  • 2015 - Dulce Diaz
  • 2014 - Jocelyn Jaurequi
  • 2013 - Regina Alvarado
  • 2012 - Mone Cha
  • 2011 - McKenzie Blue
  • 2010 - Kadi Jones
  • 2009 - Nicole Schiro
  • 2008 - Laura Jimenez
  • 2007 - Valerie Velasquez
  • 2006 - Marlena Lopez
  • 2005 - Valicia Saucedo
  • 2004 - Esmeralda Soria
  • 2003 - Corinne Ginsberg
  • 2002 - Katie Neece
  • 2001 - Sarah Dutton
  • 2000 - Kelsey Newkirk
  • 1999 - Veronica Galvez
  • 1998 - Krystal Luecke
  • 1997 - Courtney Medders
  • 1996 - Brandi Tienken
  • 1995 - Michale Denni
  • 1994 - Rachel Gutierrez
  • 1993 - Stephanie Hylton
  • 1992 - Georgia Vega
  • 1991 - Teresa Knutson
  • 1990 - Caron Jean Chambers
  • 1989 - Kimberly Ann Knutson
  • 1988 - Cindy Bream
  • 1987 - Tamera Beech
  • 1986 - Kristen Meling
  • 1985 - Paula Olson
  • 1984 - Kelli White
  • 1983 - Janet Haas
  • 1982 - Leigh Ann Roberson
  • 1981 - Anita Piccuito
  • 1980 - Lori Rose
  • 1979 - Karen Schroeder
  • 1978 - Lori Dinkler
  • 1977 - Gail Williams
  • 1976 -Carol Takahasi
  • 1975 - Mary Haas
  • 1974 - Carmen Garcia
  • 1973 - Eileen Harlow
  • 1972 - Maureen McFadden
  • 1971 - Jaynie Martin
  • 1970 - Linda Chatters
  • 1969 - Bonnie Bridges
  • 1968 - Donna Manuel
  • 1967 - Susan VanDeusen
  • 1966 - Karen Ferrier
  • 1965 - Joan Jarboe
  • 1964 - Kristie Bettisworth
  • 1963 - Terri Dickenson
  • 1962 - Carol Bettisworth*
  • 1961 - Jo Ann Hammons*
  • 1960 - Linda Stephens*
  • 1957 - Celia Webb
  • 1956 - Jackie Harth
  • 1954 - Donna Larson
  • 1953 - Carol Moorhead
  • 1952 - Colleen Taylor
  • 1951 - Sue Depew
  • 1950 - Judith Keeley
  • 1948 - Wanda Lassiter
  • 1947 - Norma Owen
  • 1946 - Ina Mae Redmond
  • 1941 - Jean Morton
  • 1940 - Juanita Merris
  • 1939 - Betty Summers
  • 1938 - Gwendolyn Willits
  • 1934 - Charlotte Bequette
  • 1932 - Winifred Cowels
Courtesy of the Lindsay Museum and Gallery Archive Collection
Courtesy of the Lindsay Museum and Gallery Archive Collection