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Lexington, North Carolina, is known as the Barbecue Capital of the World, and October was officially declared 'Barbecue Month' with a month long Annual Barbecue Festival. The Festival has a Parade of Pigs on bicycles (also called the Tour de Pig)!
   If you didn't already guess, Lexington is famous for its barbecue. The city's first barbecue restaurant opened in 1919. Lexington barbecue is pork shoulder basted with 'dip,' a mixture of water, vinegar, salt, and pepper. It is cooked slowly over hickory wood until it is 'fall apart tender.' One pound of pork takes about an hour to cook. Today there are over 20 barbecue restaurants in Lexington.
   In the 1994 Barbecue Festival, 11,000 pounds of barbecue were served to more than 100,000 people.
*source-Library of Congress Local Legacies Project

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  • North Carolina was the 12th state in the USA; it became a state on November 21, 1789.
  • State Abbreviation - NC
  • State Capital - Raleigh
  • Largest City - Charlotte
  • Area - 53,821 square miles [North Carolina is the 28th biggest state in the USA]
  • Population - 8,049,313 (as of 2000) [North Carolina is the 11th most populous state in the USA]
  • Major Industries - farming (tobacco, poultry), textiles, furniture

From Manteo in the east to Murphy in the west, North  Carolina is 560 miles long, making it the longest state  east of the Mississippi.

  • Major Rivers - Neuse River, Roanoke River, Yadkin River
  • Major Lakes - Lake Mattamuskeet, Lake Phelps, Lake Waccamaw
  • Highest Point - Mt. Mitchell - 6,684 feet (2,037 m) above sea level
  • Bordering States - Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketThe State Flower is Dogwood.

  • State Colors - Red and Blue
  • State Beverage - Milk
  • State Historical Boat - Shad Boats
  • State Rock - Granite
  • State Precious Stone - Emerald
  • State Soil -North Carolina Cecil

Learn more about North Carolina State Symbols and Emblems

  • Origin of the Name North Carolina - North Carolina was named to honor King Charles I (Carolus is Latin for Charles).

  • State Nickname - Tar Heel State

  • State Motto - "Esse Quam Videri" (To Be Rather Than to Seem)

  • State Song - The Old North State

  • Dinosaur Fossils Found in North Carolina - Hypsibema, Lophorhothon, Zatomus

Think you know it all about NC? test yourself here with this online quiz... Little Known North Carolina Facts

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An estimated 263 million turkeys were raised in the United States in 2004. That's down 4 percent from 2003. Minnesota raised 46.5 million turkeys, followed by North Carolina with 39 million.
*Source - US Census Bureau, October 2004

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