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Do you have a favorite granny in your family?

Do you know the world's greatest grandmother?

Fry's Food and Drug and Washington apple growers are hoping to find her somewhere in Arizona. Their fifth annual Search for Granny Smith contest began Wednesday.

Each year, the search seeks out grandmothers who personify the healthy attributes of Washington apples. Friends and family can nominate their favorite high-energy granny through March 27 at any of Fry's 101 stores.

Entry forms and complete rules are available at the Washington apple display. Entrants must write an essay of 100 words or less describing how the grandma they're nominating lives a healthy, active lifestyle. They're also required to submit a non-returnable photograph of their nominee.

"Grandmothers are a very special part of everyone's life," said Bob Mast, produce category manager for Fry's. This is a unique opportunity to honor them and thank them for all they do."

One national finalist will be chosen. The special grandmother will receive a free trip for four to Orlando, Fla., Mast said. She'll also be in the running for the title of "World's Greatest Grandma" with five other finalists selected from across the United States and Canada.

The woman selected "World's Greatest Grandma" for 2001 will be honored at the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival in May.

Washington Apple Commission spokesman Greg Batch said the winner will serve as the commission's official "spokesgranny" for one year, appearing on promotional posters and traveling the U.S. and Canada to promote apples and healthy living.

Each year, thousands of grandmothers are nominated for the contest. Mast said he expects another great crop of grannies this year.

"We always receive so many outstanding entries," he said. "It's so interesting to learn about the amazing things today's grandmothers are doing."

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