Each of the 50 states has its own “official state” tree, gemstone, fish, animal, dance…you name it! Here is a look at some of them.
State Outdoor Drama of Alabama
William Gibson’s The Miracle Worker, about the early life of Alabama native Helen Keller, was produced for the first time in 1962 at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Keller’s birthplace. It’s still produced there each June as part of the annual Helen Keller Festival.
State Neckwear of Arizona
Long associated with both Western-style clothing and the metalsmithing traditions of Native American groups, the metal-tipped bolo or string tie, Arizona made the distinction official in 1971.
State Fruit and Vegetable of Arkansas
Botanically speaking, a tomato is a fruit. Culturally and in the kitchen, it’s treated as a vegetable. Pleasing both sides of this debate, the tomato is both the official state fruit as well as the official state vegetable of the Razorback State.
State Fabric of California
Denim. California is just the kind of cool, laidback place where everybody wears jeans, right? Sure, but San Francisco, California, is where Levi Strauss started his denim jeans operation in 1853.
State Rock Song of Oklahoma
Folk and traditional songs are common among states, but only a few have an official rock song. For Oklahoma it’s “Do You Realize?” the 2003 hit by Norman, Oklahoma, psychedelic band the Flaming Lips.
State Sports Car of Kentucky
It’s the Chevrolet Corvette. Since 1981, the American classic has been made in facilities in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
State Microbe of Oregon
A microbe is a tiny, living organism. One in particular is vital to Oregon: brewer’s yeast. It’s an important component in Oregon’s winemaking and craft beer industries.
State Dinosaur of Maryland
Sorry, they don’t have real-life living ones there. In 1958, the first ever fossils of a dino called the Astrodon were found in Maryland. It’s estimated to have called the state home about 130 million years ago.
State Bean of Massachusetts
It’s the baked navy bean—otherwise known as Boston Baked Beans. (Not to be confused with the candy-and-peanut Boston Baked Beans…which aren’t really beans at all.)