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New state symbols added this year

Elementary school students across North Carolina are recognizing that they not only can study the official state symbols of North Carolina, but can also be involved in the process to create new ones.

Students at Lake Norman Elementary and Mount Mourne IB School in Iredell County requested that stock car racing be designated North Carolina’s Official State Sport. The designation was passed and went into law on June 21, 2011.

Further east, students at Clyde Erwin Magnet Elementary School began a successful initiative to designate gold as North Carolina’s Official State Mineral. The legislation went into effect on June 23, 2011.

We’ve also gained some new Official State Festivals this year.

The town of Grifton’s Shad festival has become the Official Shad Festival of North Carolina, Jamesville’s Herring Festival is now the Official Herring Festival of North Carolina and the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival is now the Official Shrimp Festival of North Carolina.

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