State fruit bill not so peachy at Capitol
DENVER—The hopes of having Palisade peaches recognized as Colorado’s state fruit were dashed Wednesday evening when the state House hastily voted to kill a bill that would have done that.
It seems at least one non-fruit had a lot to do with it.
Objections were raised by numerous other rural interests about elevating the Western Slope peach over other Colorado-grown produce — including the Rocky Ford cantaloupe, whose growers didn’t like the idea of the extra promotion.
“There is no official Colorado commodity on anything,” a spokeswoman for the cantaloupe growers said.
Though Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, spent much of the day trying to line up votes for the measure, too many lawmakers objected to the idea of naming a state product a state symbol.
Nick Babiak, the Denver 10-year-old who lobbied lawmakers over several days for the peach bill, pointed out in a previous Daily Sentinel story that cantaloupe is actually classified as a vegetable.