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IK^I HORTICULTURAL DEPARTMENT " 4 IS? I .Irtinl by F. Wal<J«n __«fc. It was my good fortune to spend one day at the State Fair at North Yakima this year. As a whole, I certainly would pronounce the fair a great success. I was not able, in the short time I was there, to spend much time in any of the departments except the one devoted to fruit. The stock and poultry departments were certain ly very good, but I am not the one to describe them; besides, I did not give enough time to these depart ments to properly understand them, if I were competent to set forth their many excellencies. But when it comes to tne fruit department I am at home. To begin with 1 want to say that I have attended fairs in many states, and for a period of fifty or sixty years; have in former years attended the State Fair of Washington and been the superintendent of horticulture a number of times, but I have never seen such a display of fruit as I saw this year. My admiration for the display of fruit began before I reached the fair The king of all fruits is the apple. Nowhere is it brought to such glory of color, such rich fragrance, such perfection of form, such delicacy of flavor as in the Pacific Northwest. The collection shown at the Spokane In grounds. I reached North Yakima Wednesday afternoon about 3 o'clock, but 1 was too tired to go to the fair grounds. While looking for a place to sleep that night I traveled about through the business sections of the city. Nearly every business house in that flourishing city had its front win dows decorated with fruits —apples, pears, quinces, plums, prunes and crabapples, with quite a sprinkling of cantaloupes, watermelons, monstrous pumpkins and enormous squashes. Ap ples and peaches predominated and red apples were decidedly in the lead. It would not be far out of the way to say that some one had "painted the town red" in arranging this display. I was both surprised and delighted at this window display. Nothing of the kind was seen there six, eight or ten years ago, when I was able to attend the fair. I remarked to some of the 'people about this new departure and I was informed that the greatest cred it should be given to Ed. Remy for this new feature. Money was made up among the citjzcns of North Yak ima and prise* wore offered for these window displays. The idea is a good one mid has yielded good results, for Lie strangers as they walked the streets were often heard to remark: "Did you ever see such fruits?" "Sure ly Yakima County must be a wonderful country for raising fine fruit"; "I wish I could own a piece of land where such fruit can be raised," and many like expressions. On Thursday morning I went to the /Tiie R;anctu fair grounds quite early. The first change I noticed was the new Horti cultural Hall. I went in there and thought I would look around a few minutes and then view the stock and poultry—l went in about 8 o'clock and emerged about 11. My, but the dis play was grand—no one can realize what it was by any description I can give—it must be seen to be under stood. I felt proud for the State of Washington. So far as I can call to mind on'y four counties in the state were represented in this bewildering display, viz., Chelan, Spokane, Kitti tas and Yakima. In the Chelan Coun ty exhibit Wenatchee, Cashmere and Leavenworth were represented, but the display was magnificent. The Yak ima County display had a greater num ber of varieties, but so far as Che lan County went it was not surpassed, and I doubt if it could be in the whole state. Kittitas County had a very fine display. This county was handi capped by the fact that it was too early for their fruit to show the color terstate Fair was one of its most at tractive features. Those grown at Wenatchee carried off the honors, and the picture shown above is by courtesy of The Republic. E. Wagner & Sons have recently shipped 23,000 boxes of that can be shown later in the season. With this fact remembered, Kittitas may hold up her head and be glad. Their apples being later in ripening will keep longer than the ones grown in ihe lower valleys. Spokane had a good exhibit. Yakima County had a decided ad vantage over all other parts of the state in the fact that it is compara tively easy to get up a display at home. It is amazing that Chelan County should make such a wonderful display when it is remembered that their fruit was shipped nearly 300 miles by rail, but the fair is right in the midst of the orchards of Yakima County, and it was not a difficult mat ter to marshall a magnificent display. The following distinct displays from Yakima County appeared In the hall: Yakima County by the Horticultural Union, Ahtanum, Union Gap Irriga tion Company. Moxee, Fruitvale, Natches Valley, Granger and H. W. Gilbert, who put up an individual ex hibit. It would be a great pleasure to speak of these exhibits separately, but space forbids my going into de l;ii s. If there had been no display 01 fruit except that from Yakima County but one word would describe it, and that word is GRAND. By a wise arrangement it was so provided that any county in the state could make an exhibit and not come in competition with Yakima County. rI we merchants of North Yakima raised a special fund of $600 to be given in three premiums, first $300, second $200 and third $100. As Yak ima County was excluded from this exhibit, the money all went to other counties. Chelan County won the first prize, Kittitas the second and Spo kane the third. This was a very com mendable move on the part of the merchants of North Yakima, but it very forcibly shows the public spirit of the citizens of that thriving city. I understand that the fair commission ers could not offer premiums out of the state funds without including al! me counties in the privilege of com peting, so the only way was to make up this special fund. The State Fair Commission, how- ever, put up $600 in four premiums, with Yakima included. In this con test Yakima County won the first prize, $300; Che an County second, $150; Kittitas third, $100; and Spo kane County fourth, $50. In this con test Yakima and Chelan Counties were necK and n?ck. Yakima won, not because it had better fruit, but be cause it had a greater variety. At these magnificent apples- to New Zea land and others to Australia. The wide world is the market for this fruit, and a 1 the world loves the apple as it does no other fruit. Wenatchee grow ers pooled most of their fruit for sale. least, that is the way the matter was explained to me by one of the judges. * * * Aside from what I can say about the fruit display in Horticultural Hall, I would like to speak of meeting such fruitgrowers as W. A. Ritz of Walla Walla, W. H. Paulhamus of Sumner, Ed. Remy of North Yakima, J. C. ,Hubbell and Adam Stevens of Ellens burg, Oris McCullough of the Ahta num, W. B. Armstrong of the Selah Valley, Amos Bush of Granger, F. A. Htntley, the State Horticultural Com missioner; William Lee of Fruitvale and many others. How pleasantly the time flew as we talked about fruits and fruitgrowing. I was sorry not to meet Dr. Lowther, the editor of Fan cy Fruit; W. L. Wright of Fruitvale and the men from Chelan County who were in charge of their fine exhibit. Dr. Lowthpr was crippled by a fall from a horse some months ago, and it is with difficulty that he gets about. As I could be there but a few hours and the day was disagreeable and many were temporarily absent, I could not meet them. Adam Stevens of Kittitas is a grand old man, whom I am always delighted to meet. He raises fine Jersey cows and very fine Berkshire hogs. He had won some premiums on his pigs and was delight ed at that, but seemed to be especially delighted by the statement of the judge on hogs, who is an Eastern mat but declared that the swine exhibited 16 The Best Fertilizer in the World IS OUR LMfl PLASTER Manufactured from practical ly pure gypsum, it affords just the elements that are needed by the new lands of this coun try. Among its numerous ad vantages are Quick Action v AND Certain Results Let us send you our free cir cular and literature on this sub ject, which is of great impor tance to every farmer. Drop us a post card today and we'll send you the literature that will show you how to increase the production of your land. PACIFIC COAST GYPSUM I TACOMA, WASH.