North Carolina State Symbols and 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.
During the 2015-2016 legislative session two bills were introduced to designate official adoptions: for new official adotion. 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
. Fourth-graders at Benvenue Elementary School in Nash County wrote to their state legislator to recommend that the General Assembly adopt an official state cat to complement the state dog, the Plott Hound
. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Bobbie Richardson, a Nash County Democrat. The General Assembly concluded the legislative session in 2015 without taking up either legislation for ratification.
During the 2016 session, the General Assembly voted to adopt the Town of Warsaw (Duplin County) Veterans Day Parade as the State Veterans Day Parade
). The bill was signed into law by the Governor of North Carolina on June 24, 2016.
North Carolina's State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions: Articles on State Symbols in NCpedia
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Aviation Hall of Fame
Berries - The Red Berry and The Blue Berry
Festival, Blue Monday Shad Fry
Festival, Livermush - Fall and Spring
Festival, Watermelon - Northeastern NC, Southeastern NC
Fly Fishing Museum (Fly Fishing Museum of the Souther Appalachians) adopted June 2018, 2017 Legislative Session; article forthcoming)
Honor and Remember Flag
Outdoor Festival (North Carolina Outdoor Festival, adopted June 2018, 2017 Legislative Session, article forthcoming)
Salt Water Fish
Veterans Day Parade, Town of Warsaw
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)