The square dance and English are two of the most redundant state symbols. Other than that, Illinois’ cultural symbols are surprisingly interesting.
|shelter dogs and cats
|Illinois Saint Andrew Society tartan
|The Great American People Show
Well, cycling and shelter pets may not be that exciting, but whose pulse doesn’t quicken at the thought of pumpkin pie? Morton, Illinois calls itself the Pumpkin Capital of the World.
An even more interesting symbol is Illinois’ official state artifact, the pirogue. Pirogue is another name for canoe. Native Americans traveled in pirogues thousands of years ago.
Since Illinois calls corn its official grain and vegetable, it’s only fitting that popcorn was designated the official snack food.
Illinois is among the states with an official tartan. A field of blue and white represents Scotland’s flag. White also recalls Illinois’ state flag. Green represents Scotland, while red commemorates the colors of the United States’ national flag.
Some sources say it has a strand of gold as well.
You can see a better picture of Illinois’ tartan here. It looks like the design doesn’t include green or gold after all. Maybe we can just describe it as another mystery tartan.