North Carolina Statutes

Chapter 145 State Symbols and Other Official Adoptions

  • § 145-1   State flower
    The dogwood is hereby adopted as the official flower of the State of North Carolina. (1941, c. 289.)
  • § 145-2   State bird
    The cardinal is hereby declared to be the official State bird of North Carolina. (1943, c. 595.)
  • § 145-3   State tree
    The pine is hereby adopted as the official State tree of the State of North Carolina. (1963, c. 41.)
  • § 145-4   State shell
    The Scotch bonnet is hereby adopted as the official State shell of the State of North Carolina. (1965, c. 681.)
  • § 145-5   State mammal
    The gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is hereby adopted as the official State mammal of the State of North Carolina. (1969, c. 1207.)
  • § 145-6   State saltwater fish
    The channel bass (red drum) is hereby adopted as the official State saltwater fish of the State of North Carolina. (1971, c. 274.)
  • § 145-7   State insect
    The honeybee is hereby adopted as the official State insect of the State of North Carolina. (1973, c. 55.)
  • § 145-8   State stone
    The emerald is hereby adopted as the official State precious stone of the State of North Carolina. (1973, c. 136, s. 1.)
  • § 145-9   State reptile
    The turtle is adopted as the official State reptile of the State of North Carolina, and the eastern box turtle is designated as the emblem...
  • § 145-10   State rock
    Granite is adopted as the official State rock of the State of North Carolina. (1979, c. 906, s. 1.)
  • § 145-10.1   State beverage
    Milk is hereby adopted as the official State beverage of the State of North Carolina. (1987, c. 347.)
  • § 145-11   State historical boat
    The Shad Boat is adopted as the official State historical boat of the State of North Carolina. (1987, c. 366.)
  • § 145-12   State language
    (a) Purpose. English is the common language of the people of the United States of America and the State of North Carolina. This section is...
  • § 145-13   The State dog
    The Plott Hound is adopted as the official dog of the State of North Carolina. (1989, c. 773, s. 1.)
  • § 145-14   The State Military Academy
    Oak Ridge Military Academy, in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, as long as it remains a military academy is adopted as the official military academy of...
  • § 145-15   State tartan
    The Carolina Tartan is adopted as the official tartan of the State of North Carolina. (1991, c. 85, s. 1.)
  • § 145-16   State Watermelon Festivals
    (a) The Hertford County Watermelon Festival is adopted as the official Northeastern North Carolina Watermelon Festival. The Hertford County Watermelon Festival shall be observed annually...
  • § 145-17   State vegetable
    The sweet potato is adopted as the official vegetable of the State of North Carolina. (1995, c. 521, s. 3.)
  • § 145-18   State fruit and State berries
    (a) The official fruit of the State of North Carolina is the Scuppernong grape (Vitis genus). (b) The official red berry of the State is...
  • § 145-19   State International Festival
    Folkmoot USA is adopted as the official international festival of the State of North Carolina. (2003‑315, s. 1.)
  • § 145-20   State wildflower
    The Carolina Lily (Lilium michauxii) is adopted as the official wildflower of the State of North Carolina. (2003‑426, s. 1.)
  • § 145-21   State Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum and State Museum of Aviation
    The Asheboro Municipal Airport is designated as the official location of the North Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Aviation Museum. The...
  • § 145-22   State carnivorous plant
    The Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is adopted as the official carnivorous plant of the State of North Carolina. (2005‑74, s. 1.)
  • § 145-23   State birthplace of traditional pottery
    The Seagrove area, including portions of Randolph, Chatham, Lee, Moore, and Montgomery Counties, is designated as the official location of the birthplace of North Carolina...
  • § 145-24   Official State dances
    (a) Clogging is adopted as the official folk dance of North Carolina. (b) Shagging is adopted as the official popular dance of North Carolina. (2005‑218,...
  • § 145-25   State Christmas tree
    The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is adopted as the official Christmas tree of the State of North Carolina. (2005‑387, s. 1.)
  • § 145-26   State freshwater trout
    The Southern Appalachian strain of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) is adopted as the official freshwater trout of the State of North Carolina. (2005‑387, s. 2.)
  • § 145-27   State Collard Festival
    The Ayden Collard Festival is adopted as the official collard festival of the State of North Carolina. (2007‑28, s. 1.)
  • § 145-28   State food festival
    The Lexington Barbecue Festival is adopted as the official food festival of the Piedmont Triad Region of the State of North Carolina. (2007‑533, s. 1.)
  • § 145-29   State community theater
    The Thalian Association in Wilmington, North Carolina, is adopted as the official community theater of North Carolina. (2007‑68, s. 1.)