They squeezed every last bit of fun out of ‘Citrus Fest’


The Countryside Citrus Farm, planted by Sid Banack in 1960, was abuzz with activity recently during an inaugural Indian River Citrus Festival to celebrate National Citrus Month.

Festgoers met Miss Florida Citrus, watched cooking demonstrations, learned about the history of the industry that put Indian River County on the map, picked up citrus-themed items from Vero Heritage’s Indian River Citrus Museum and tapped their toes to music by the Blue Cypress Bluegrass Band.

For the little ones, there was an Orange Blossom Special train, Barnyard Ball and life-sized board games on the lawn. The afternoon was reminiscent of Indian River’s bygone days, when the air everywhere was pungent with the scent of orange blossoms.

Photos by Kaila Jones

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