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  • Apples: Duchess, Hibernal, Peterson’s Charlamoff, Patten’s Greening, Wealthy, Tetofsky, Melinda.
    Crabapples: Virginia, Martha, Whitney, Early Strawberry, Minnesota Sweet Russet, Gideons, Briar Sweet.
  • Plums: DeSoto, Forest Garden, Weaver, Cheney, Wolf, Rolling Stone, Wyant, Ocheeda, New Ulm, Stoddard, Surprise, Mankato, Aitkin, Owatona
  • Strawberries: Senator Dunlap, Grandy, Aroma, Warfield.
  • Currants: Red Dutch, London Market, Victoria, North Star, Steward
  • Gooseberries: Houghton, Champion, Red Jacket
  • Raspberries, red: Turner, Marlborough, Cuthbert, London
  • Black Caps and Purple Canes (Black Raspberries): Ohio, Nemaha, Gregg, Columbian

The Fargo Fair also included wild or native fruits such as high bush cranberries, black currants, gooseberries, and raspberries.

A few odd vegetables show up at different fairs. The 1910 fair at Fargo listed cayenne peppers. Okra and ginseng appeared in the list at the Fargo/Cass County/State Fair in 1912. Cotton (not a vegetable at all, but listed in the vegetable class) appeared at the Bismarck Industrial Exposition in 1911. Mangels and sugar beets were commonly found in fair vegetable lists.

Prizes ranged from $1 to $2.50 for first prize at most fairs. Most offered a second place prize, and some offered third. There were also special categories for gardeners to enter. The 1929 fair at Fargo had three special vegetable categories: City Garden Collection, Farm Garden Collection, and Market or Truck Garden Collection. These were to be displays of vegetables grown in 1929 by any amateur gardener from a town or a farm, or a market gardener. Only ribbons were given as prizes. The same fair offered prizes for the largest beet, cabbage, cucumber, onion, pumpkin, squash, watermelon, potato, and carrot.