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In 1952, the Cotton Committee of the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce was granted permission by the Houston Cotton Exchange to auction off the first bale of cotton in Harlingen, instead of Houston. This led to the organization of the Algodon Club the following year.
The Algodon Club is a non-profit, civic organization composed of many diverse, yet like-minded entities and people of all backgrounds, bound by their common belief in the importance of the economic value of cotton to the Rio Grande Valley.
The Algodon Club was formed to publicize and create interest in cotton and the cotton industry through social activities. The prime activity was the Algodon Ball. In 1954, the first Queen of Cotton and her Royal Court were selected to reign over the cotton week festivities. The first Don & Dona were chosen in 1956. This honor was kept secret until the night of the Ball. As a salute to its legacy, these time-honored traditions are still practiced by the Algodon Club.
One way that the Algodon Club promotes the cotton industry is through media publicity and the awarding of scholarships.
Scholarships are available for graduating seniors from the Rio Grande Valley who intend on pursuing a degree in agriculture or agriculture related fields.
Scholarship applications, as well as more information on these scholarships, can be found on this website.