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Page 8 Cheney Free Press Thursday, August 26, 1982 Spokane County Fair Master Gardening How to enter your produce... Knight of the Road Spokane County Master Gardener Writers have a field day digging up stories explaining the origin of county and state fairs. Probably the true story is that a bunch of farmers got together and bragged about the high quality of their livestock and horticultural products. The stories got so wild they decided to let their products speak for themselves. A bit of horse-trading was incidental to this display of excellence. This was just the beginning, and the use of judges, awarding of prizes, entertainment and other enterprises eventually evolved from the original gab fest. Anyway, we can be thankful that everyone can be a participant in the modern day fair. The "shut in", who has one or two house plants, can win a blue ribbon and a cash prize. That blue ribbon gives the individual a "'bragging point" just as strong as that of the big companies who spend millions to prove that their product is the best. Additional publicity may not be nec- essary, but Spokane County soon will have its annual Interstate Fair. All home gardeners should learn the mechanics of entering their tomatoes and gladiolus in quest of a prize. The starting point is to ask the Fair Committee for a premium list and a set of entry blanks. The premium list gives all the rules and is a comprehensive list of all departments of the fair, the classes in each department, the prizes awarded in each class and all information that is pertinent. If that isn't enough, it gives the names of the individual in charge of the different departments that can be contacted to answer questions that come up. Of special interest to the home gardener is the fact that horticultural exhibits are judged on the Danish System this year. As was explained to me, this means that in a single class, several equal prizes are awarded for comparable high quality. Each person stands a good chance of receiving an award, unless their entry is an obvious dud. Finally, as the unnamed philosopher says, "The fair is a good training ground for youngsters to strive for excellence It also gives them practice in bragging about their achieve- ments !" I'll see you at the fair! May you be blessed with lots of blue ribbons. By Tonia Fitzgerald Spokane County Extension People buying fruits from commer- cial fruit growers in Spokane County should have no fear of obtaining apple maggot infested fruit because it has not been found in the commercial fruit growing areas of Spokane County, according to Washington State Univer- sity Extension Entomologist Art Retan. Last week, apple maggot flies were discovered by Washington State De- partment of Agriculture authorities in one trap in the City of Spokane. Apple maggot damage is very spec- fic but is often confused with many other pests on apples, crab apples and hawthornes. It is important that home owners and commercial growers understand the difference. Apple mag- got attacks only apple, crab apple and hawthorne. Pests and in maggots. The apple crab apples to ance and under the apple cut open, apple will be variety apples attacked and legless animals ture stage of a size of a house question on identity be submitted to the State authorities, State University or Washington Agriculture ex Her gift Kim Petit shows a replica of the basket she deco- rated and sent to Prince William. The gift was answered with a personal thank you letter, which Kim also framed. Petit receives letter for gift to prince By Tom Thrun A specially made basket for Prince William's nursery recently brought a personalized thank you letter from Buckingham Palace to a Windsor-area girl. Kim Petit, 16*year-old daughter of Earl and Marjorie Petit of W. 5008 IIallett Rd., recently sent a small basket to the infant prince of England that holds a bar of soap and extra diaper pins. The pins, noted Kim, remain stmrp when embedded in the bar of soap, and the lined basket keeps the chips from falling onto the dressing table. "I just thought it was really nice to receive something that was so per- sonal," said Kim, noting that the personal letter was written by one of and lace. The craft of folding ribbons, which are then stapled and glued in place, originated in the Spokane area two years ago. Kim and her mother have been teaching the technique to Fairchild Air Force Base wives for two years. The design on the top of the basket sent to England came from the "Radi- ant Star" quilt pattern used by Kim's great grandmother. Kim, according to her mother, went through a lengthy process of cutting, folding, pressing and sewing her ribbon material to form the star design on the basket. The Petits have taught their craft to persons of kindergarten through senior citizen age. They also have compiled a nine-page instruction booklet. Ex- amples of the baskets made by the CHENEY FREE PR NEW SUBSCRIBER SAVIN General Practice of Law 424 First andIIrEmSPoRTS FAN'S ULTI- CheneYl WlA 23.s,,  FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS ONL Y l i" - ---- ,, ,, = ,5.00 INTRODUCTORY OFFER ] 1 1 | a PORT DISTRICT 1 .a00o ..... 1 | IS ONLY AS GOOD  Address ...... I AS ITS LEADERSHIP  City State Zip__ i ] MIKE GRANT I GoodforSpokaneCountyResidentsOnly. CouponexpiresSeptember'O, 1982. | Commissioner, District 2 '-"''"''''''"""''"''"'""''"'"''""' l Paid for by citizens to elect Mike Grant I||U|n|||||i|||i|e|||||||mD|in||||||B|||l|D|| H . = = I SEPTEMBER SUPER SUBSCRIPTION i I COUPON SALE l of photographs to illustrate the art of the clown. 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