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North Carolina State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions

The North Carolina General Assembly adopted its first state symbol in 1885 with legislation recognizing the official State Flag. Since that time, the Legislature has adopted more symbols, from the State Dog to the State Marsupial to the State Beverage and the State Vegetable.  Some symbols are emblems or iconic representations of the state's history and culture, such as the flag or the Great Seal.  Others represent the state's unique natural heritage, such as the Cardinal and the Venus Fly Trap, or elements, like the sweet potato, that have been vital to sustaining the people or the economy. The adoption of each state symbol is associated with a particular piece of legislation enumerated in the North Carolina General Statutes, Chapter 145: State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions. Scroll down this page to access a list of the state's official adoptions (with links to NCpedia articles).
 
Two bills have been introduced into the General Assembly 2015-2016 session for new official adoptions. On January 26, 2015, a bill was introduced for the adoption of the Old Fort Gold Festival, in McDowell County, as the official Gold Festival of North Carolina.  The festival has been celebrated during the first weekend in June since 2003.  And on March 4, 2015, a bill was introduced to name the Bobcat as the official State Cat.  If these bills pass, North Carolina will have two new state symbols. 

 

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North Carolina's State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions: Articles on State Symbols in NCpedia

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Aviation Museums and Aviation Hall of Fame

Berries

Beverage

Bird

Boat

Butterfly

Carnivorous Plant

Christmas Tree

Colors

Community Theater

Dances

Dog

Festivals (and Blue Monday Shad Fry)

Flag

Folk Art

Flower

Fossil

Freshwater Trout

Frog

Fruit

Honor and Remember Flag

Horse

Insect

Irish Potato Festival

Mammal

Marsupial

Military Academy

Mineral

Motto

Pottery birthplace

Reptile

Rock

Salamander

Salt Water Fish

Salute, Flag

Seal

Shell

Song

Sport

Stone, Precious

Tartan

Toast

Tree

Vegetable

Wildflower


North Carolina Legislation Authorizing State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions

NCpedia article listing state symbols and corresponding N.C. General Statutes (with links to statutes)

 

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cool

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Is there like a state town? Not like a capital

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Hi Trinity,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and taking time to ask your question.

The answer to your question is, no there isn't a state town.  There are a number of towns that have festivals that have been acknowledged by official legislative adoptions, however.  You can find those in the State Festivals entry at http://ncpedia.org/symbols/festivals.

I hope this helps!

Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library

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great work

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hi guys

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Can the state gemstone be a diamond! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ASK THE GOVERNMENT PLEASE

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I LOVE THIS SITE IT HAS SO MUCH DETAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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what is our state amusment park

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We do not have a North Carolina state symbol at this time that is our official state amusement park. However, NCpedia does have an article about the history of amusement parks in North Carolina at http://ncpedia.org/amusement-parks. If you are looking for information about different amusement parks in North Carolina to visit, there is information about them on the Visit NC website at http://visitnc.com. 

Best,

Michelle Underhill, Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina

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