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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. 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.  
 
If these bills pass, North Carolina will have two new state symbols. 

 

State Symbols Timeline   Symbol of the Month  

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

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Art Medium

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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You can get a lot of info about North Carolina on this website.

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This has like literally no facts i need at all!!! and what happened to chat with a librarian! i need that!

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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.

And you'll be happy to know that you can chat with a librarian!  If you look in the upper right section of this screen you'll see a box with "Ask NCknows."  When the box indicates that librarians are online you can type in the box to start a live chat.  You can also follow this link to the NCknows website, it's open 24/7! http://ncknows.org/

 

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