What does livermush and the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly have in common? Well, they're both in North Carolina Senate Bill 236, sponsored by Wilmington State Senator Thom Goolsby. To be honest, I'd never heard of either of them until this week.
I can't imagine why, but two towns, Shelby and Marion, want the designation for the official state Livermush Festival. The good folks in Raleigh solved that dilemma by naming one of them the official spring festival and the other the official fall festival. Other parts of Senate Bill 236 designated the official state butterfly and Swansboro as the site of the official state Mullet Festival…the fish, not the haircut.
So what did I learn from all this? Two things:
1. I learned the original Senate Bill 236 was filed last year and was a local bill aimed at giving priority to local events at the Wilmington Convention Center. It morphed, much like the butterfly, into a completely different bill. I can only guess this has something to do with circumventing the rules dealing with introducing new bills in the short session.
2. The other thing I learned is that I'm glad Wilmington wasn't in the running for the official state livermush festival. I have much more appreciation now for the founders of the Azalea Festival.
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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