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Official Symbols of Arkansas

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square dance The Square Dance was designated the official AMERICAN FOLK DANCE of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1991.
  The offical ANTHEM of Arkansas is Arkansas.
milk Dairy farming being an important part of Arkansas agriculture, Milk was adopted as the official state BEVERAGE by the General Assembly in 1985.
Mockingbird The Mockingbird was adopted as the official state BIRD by the General Assembly in 1929.
  BUTTERFLY Diana Fritillary
  COOKING VESSEL Dutch Oven
  The official Arkansas CREED was adopted by the General Assembly in 1972. It reads as follows

I believe in Arkansas as a land of opportunity and promise.
I believe in the rich heritage of Arkansas and I honor the men and women who created this heritage.
I believe in the youth of Arkansas who will build our future.
I am proud of my state.I will uphold its constitution, obey its laws, and work for the good of all its citizens.

Arkansas state flag The Arkansas State FLAG was designed by Miss Willie K.Hocker of Wabbaseka, and was adopted in 1913. The 25 stars around the outside of the diamond indicate that Arkansas was the 25th state to be admitted to the United States. The 3 large stars in the center stand for the three nations that have ruled Arkansas -- Spain, France, and the United States. Also, Arkansas was the third state formed from the Louisiana Purchase. The large star above ARKANSAS symbolizes the Confederacy which Arkansas was a part of from 1861 to 1865. The diamond formed by the 25 stars represent Arkansas as the only diamond-producing state in the Union.
apple blossom The Apple Blossom was designated the official FLOWER of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1901. At one time Arkansas was a major apple producing state. The town of Lincoln in Washington County hosts the annual Arkansas Apple Festival.
tomatoes The South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato was adopted as the official FRUIT AND VEGETABLE of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1987. Although botanically defined as a fruit, the tomato is commonly used as a vegetable. The Pink Tomato Festival is held each year in Bradley County.
diamond The Diamond was designated the official state GEM by the General Assembly in 1967. Arkansas is the only diamond-producing state in the United States, and in fact has the only active diamond field in all of North America, at the Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro.
  GRAIN Rice
  HISTORICAL SONG The Arkansas Traveler
honeybee The Honeybee was named the official state INSECT by the General Assembly in 1973. An old-fashioned dome beehive is one of the symbols on the Great Seal of Arkansas.
white-tail deer The White-Tail Deer was designated the official MAMMAL of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1993.
quartz crystals The Quartz Crystal was designated the official state MINERAL by the General Assembly in 1967. Mined in the Ouachita Mountains, quartz crystals are used in computers.
  MOTTO Regnat Populus (The People Rule)
fiddle The Fiddle, which has long been commonly associated with Arkansas folk music and culture, was adopted as the official MUSICAL INSTRUMENT of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1985.
bauxite Bauxite, which is an important aluminum-bearing mineral, was designated as the official ROCK of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1967. The largest bauxite deposits in the United States are located in Saline County.
Great Seal of the State of Arkansas The Great SEAL of the State of Arkansas was adopted in its basic form in 1864, and in its present form in 1907. The steamboat, plow, beehive and sheaf of wheat are symbols of Arkansas' industrial and agricultural wealth. The Angel of Mercy, the Sword of Justice and the Goddess of Liberty surround a bald eagle, which holds in its beak a scroll inscribed with the Latin phrase "Regnat Populus," the state motto.
  SOIL Stuttgart Soil Series
pine tree The Pine was adopted as the official TREE of Arkansas by the General Assembly in 1939. The loblolly and shortleaf varieties of the southern yellow pine are both found in Arkansas. Both varieties may grow to be 100 feet tall and can be found in the Ouachita and Ozark St. Francis national forests.

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