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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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Hi Ryann,

Thanks for visiting NCpedia and taking the time to leave your comment.  Please let us know what facts you would like to see!  We are always trying to improve NCpedia content.  

Also, make sure you click on the blue text for each of the symbols to see the facts for each of the state symbols.  The page you commented on is primarily a list of symbols with links to the article for each.

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