||The green tree frog
(Hyla cinerea) was designated the
official state AMPHIBIAN on May
9, 2005, thanks to the efforts of a 4th grade
class at Armuchee Elementary School in Rome.
||Georgia designated the Georgia
Museum of Art, on the campus of the
University of Georgia in Athens, as the offical
state ART MUSEUM on April 16,
||The Atlas of
Georgia, the first atlas ever
produced for the State of Georgia (in 1981), was
designated the official state ATLAS
on March 28, 1985.
||The Atlanta Ballet,
founded in 1929 and now the oldest continuously
operating dance company was designated the
official STATE BALLET COMPANY on
March 14, 1973.
||The Hawkinsville Civitan
Club's "Shoot the Bull"
Barbecue Championship was made the official state
BEEF BARBECUE COOK-OFF on April
||In 1928, the school children
of Georgia selected the brown thrasher
(Toxostoma rufum) as the official state BIRD.
No official action was taken, however, until
April 6, 1935, when the brown thrasher was
declared the state bird of Georgia by
proclamation of Governor Eugene Talmadge. The
State Legislature finalized the bird's
"official status" on March 20, 1970.
||The Tiger Swallowtail
(Papilio glaucus) was designated the
official state BUTTERFLY on
April 4, 1988.
||The Mighty Eighth Air
Force Heritage Museum (now the National
Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force) was
declared the official state CENTER FOR
CHARACTER EDUCATION on June 2, 2003.
Appalachian Brook Trout was designated
the official state COLD WATER GAME FISH
||Georgia is the number-one peanut-producing
state in the country, accounting for
approximately 49 percent of the crop's national
acreage and production, which is why it was
designated the official state CROP
||The Largemouth Bass
(Micropterus salmoides) was designated
the official state FISH on March
||The current design of the FLAG
of Georgia was approved by the Georgia General
Assembly on May 5, 2003, and by the voters of the
state on March 2, 2004.
||The Cherokee rose
(Rosa laevigata) was adopted as the
official state FLORAL EMBLEM on
August 18, 1916, at the request of the Federation
of Women's Clubs..
||John and Nancy Feek,
chairpersons for American Folk Dance of Georgia,
persuaded State Representative J. Max Davis and
Senator Joseph Burton to sponsor a bill making
the Square Dance the official
state FOLK DANCE. The bill
became law on April 8, 1996.
||The Georgia Folk
Festival was designated the official
state FOLK FESTIVAL in 1992.
||Produced every March and
October at the Cotton Hall Theater in Colquitt, Swamp
Gravy was designated the official
state FOLK LIFE PLAY in 1994
||The official state FOSSIL
is the tooth of Carcharocles megalodon,
a large shark that became extinct at the end of
the Cretaceous period. It was so designated on
March 18, 1976.
Heritage/Bennett Center at Reinhardt
College in Waleska was designated the official
state FRONTIER AND SOUTHEASTERN INDIAN
INTERPRETIVE CENTER in 2003.
||The Peach was
designated the official state FRUIT
on April 7, 1995.
||The Bobwhite Quail
(Colinus virginianus) was designated the
official state GAME BIRD on
March 20, 1970.
designated the official state GEM
on March 18, 1976, as part of the same bill which
designated a state fossil and a state mineral.
||Staged for two months each
summer, "The Reach of Song"
is a performance that celebrates the heritage of
Appalachia. This nationally acclaimed show
presents the pleasures and the sorrows of
mountain life in an auditorium on the Georgia
Mountain Fairgrounds near Hiawassee. It was
designated the official state HISTORIC
DRAMA in 1990.
(Apis mellifera) was designated the
official state INSECT on April
Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
was designated the official state MAMMAL
on April 30, 2015.
||The Right Whale
(Eubalaena glacialis) was designated the
official state MARINE MAMMAL on
April 2, 1985.
which is found in abundance throughout northern
Georgia, was designated the official state MINERAL
on March 18, 1976, as part of the same bill which
designated a state fossil and a state gem.
||Although Georgia has never
adopted an official state MOTTO,
the 1799 State Assembly mandated that the phrase Wisdom
Justice Moderation be placed on the
||The Jekyll Island
Musical Theatre Festival has presented
musical theatre in the Jekyll Island Amphitheatre
since the summer of 1989. It was designated the
official state MUSICAL THEATRE
||The peanut monument in Ashburn,
home to the world's largest peanut-shelling
plant, was designated the official state PEANUT
MONUMENT in 1998.
||Dooly County Chamber of
Commerce's Slosheye Trail Big Pig Jig,
in Vienna, was designated the official state PORK
BARBCUE COOK-OFF on April 14, 1997, as
part of the same bill which designated an
official state beef barbecue cook-off.
||Cartoonist Walt Kelly was
inspired to create Pogo 'Possum
and his friends after visiting Georgia's
Okefenokee Swamp in 1942, and made him the star
of a nationally syndicated comic strip from 1948
to 1975. Pogo became the official state 'POSSUM
on April 20, 1992.
designated the official state PREPARED
FOOD in 2002.
||The Central of Georgia
Railroad Shops Complex in Savannah was
designated the official state RAILROAD
MUSEUM in 1996.
||The gopher tortoise
(Gopherus polyphemus) was designated the
official state REPTILE on March
30, 1989. The enabling act was spurred by
concerns over the tortoise's declining numbers
due to habitat loss.
||The Red Drum
(Sciaenops ocellatus) was designated the
official state SALT WATER FISH
||Plains High School
opened in 1921, was racially integrated in 1966,
and served students from Plains until 1979.
Former President Jimmy
Carter and his wife Rosalyn are the school's
most famous graduates. Designated the official
state SCHOOL in 1979, it is now
part of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.
||The front of the SEAL
of the state of Georgia features a symbolic image
of the Constitution as an arch that is supported
by three pillars. The pillars represent the three
branches of government-- the legislature, the
judicial, and the executive. Banners worded
Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation, hang from the
pillars. The principles of the Constitution are
symbolically protected by a guardian standing
ready with a drawn sword. Circling the images are
the words "State of Georgia 1776." The
reverse reads "Agriculture and Commerce
1776," and the image is of the seashore with
a ship at anchor near a wharf receiving hogsheads
of tobacco and bales of cotton, Georgia exports.
A small boat can be seen in the distance
representing internal traffic. A man is shown
plowing in a field and a flock of sheep is shown
in the shade of a tree representing the
agricultural aspects of the state. The design was
adopted in 1798.
||The Knobbed Whelk
(Busycon carica) was designated the
official state SEASHELL on April
||"Georgia On My
Mind," by Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy
Carmichael, was officially adopted as the
state SONG on April 24, 1979,
replacing "Georgia," by Robert Loveman
and Mrs. Lollie Belle Wylie).
||The Georgia District
Tartan was designated the official state
TARTAN on May 1, 1997. General James Oglethorpe
commanded the Highland Independent Company of
Foot which, in 1746, wore the Black Watch tartan.
Captain John Mohr MacIntosh is
remembered in the MacIntosh red.
||The Springer Opera
House, in Columbus, was built in 1872.
Governor Jimmy Carter proclaimed it the State THEATRE
of Georgia for the 1971-72 season, and the
legislature made the designation permanent in
1992. It was named a National Historic Landmark
Railway Museum in Duluth was designated
the official state TRANSPORTATION HISTORY
MUSEUM in 2000.
||Thanks to members of the
National Society of the Daughters of the American
Revolution, the Live Oak (Quercus
virginiana) was designated the official
state TREE on February 25, 1937.
||Internationally acclaimed as
the worlds sweetest onion, Vidalia
Onions can only be grown in fields
surrounding Vidalia and Glennville. They were
designated the official state VEGETABLE
by James Burch, was designated the official state
WALTZ in 1951.
||The Azalea (Rhododendrun
spp) was designated the official state WILDFLOWER
on April 19, 1979. On May 7, 2013, the enabling
act was amended to specify the native azalea as
the official wildflower (as opposed to any