A number of Alaska-grown apple varieties were exhibited at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer this year. Jay Dearborn won “Grand Champion” for his very red Geneva Early apples. Dave Crusey won a “First Premium” for some beautiful Goodland apples. Other varieties included Chinese Golden Early, Norland, Rescue, Yellow Transparent, Parkland, Harralred, Trail (crab), Dolgo (crab), Quality (crab), and several others labelled “Apple, Small”. It wasn’t clear whether the apples were judged on appearance only, or taste. There seems to be a enormous amount of interest in apple growing out there. As I was taking notes at the apple display, three different people who thought I looked official took the opportunity to quiz me about what varieties they should plant.