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Pumpkins Get Official Recognition

If you love pumpkins, you might want to visit New Hampshire. On April 20, 2006, the state’s Senate approved HB 1111, which designated the pumpkin as the official New Hampshire state fruit. Governor John Lynch signed the bill into law during a ceremony held the first weekend of May.

Apparently, third and fourth graders at the Wells Memorial Elementary School in Harrisville created the bill, learning about civics in the process. The “class took on a bill head on and pushed it the entire way through,” said . Sen. Bob Flanders (R-Antrim), whose district includes Harrisville. “They ran into staunch opposition, those [who] favored the apple and blueberry, and they pressed on nevertheless.”

Now, just in case you are wondering, pumpkins are, biologically speaking, fruits. However, due to legal mumbo jumbo, they are classified as vegetables, just like tomatoes.

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