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KGW, Portland - Apple Picking Contest - circa late 1940s

July 1st, 2009

What could be more American on July 4th than apple pie?

In this post, we continue our peek into some local programming from NBC affiliate KGW, Portland with the Hood River Valley Apple Picking Contest.  The show looks at a local apple picking contest staged at Vic Thompson's Orchards near Mount Hood, Oregon.  The announcer describes the contest, which went on for a couple of days, and interviews some of the individuals participating as we listen in on the last few minutes of the contest and find out who won.  We even get to hear the "snap" of the apples as they're picked off the vine.

There's no label or date on the disc, but it would seem to be from the late 1940s or early 1950s since it mentions that the show is being brought to us via a wire recording.

Now you can tell all your friends you heard an apple picking contest on the radio.