Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne learns how to test for a ripe cantaloupe.

At Monday's ceremony on the Colorado Capitol steps, Eric Hanagan, president of the Rocky Ford Growers Association, taught Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne how to test a cantaloupe for ripeness as he delivered the first crate of ripe, sweet cantaloupes from Rocky Ford to the state capitol. Because of weather conditions, this year's crop is reputed to be extra sweet.

Pictures by Jacque Montgomery of Governor's office, sent by request.