Willow Creek’s mandarins are tops

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In a contest for the best mandarin orange in Placer County held at the Mountain Mandarin Festival, the fruit from Willow Creek Ranch in Penryn wowed the judges. The fruit was deemed a winner from the start, with easy peelability and the aroma released when peeled. The fruit was sweet and intensely flavored, according to the judges. Judges for the first competition to be held by the festival were Cindy Fake, University of California, Davis, farm adviser and citrus expert; Josh Huntsinger, Placer County agricultural commissioner; and Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor for District 5.