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Will Texas be first state with official State Hat?

Will Texas be first state with official State Hat?

There’s only one hat fit to be the National Hat of Texas

Texas State Representative Marsha Farney filed a bill yesterday that would make the cowboy hat the official hat of Texas.

Dr. Farney is an Aggie and former educator from Georgetown, Texas (a smallish town north of Austin).

According to the Houston Chronicle:

The proposed resolution cites the significance of the cowboy headgear in Texas’ history as one reason for naming it the State Hat, as well as its prevalence in modern Texas culture.

“The cowboy hat symbolizes both the state’s iconic western culture and the uniqueness of its residents, and it is indeed appropriate that this stylish and dignified apparel receive special legislative recognition,” the resolution reads.

This is not the first time the cowboy hat will be discussed in the Texas State Legislature. In 2013, the House voted unanimously to make Garland the Cowboy Hat Capital of Texas due to the city’s “hat-making talent.”

Garland, Texas is home to Stetson, one of the most iconic cowboy hat-makers in existence. No word yet on whether or not proper cowboy hat-wearing etiquette will also be codified.

During the last legislative session, Dr. Farney introduced HCR 53, which designated Pecan Pie as the State Pie of Texas. The measure was greeted with some…interesting…debate:

Ultimately, the measure passed, and there was much rejoicing and eating of pie.

Gotta love the Lone Star state, where cowboy hats and pecan pie are part of legally recognized tradition.

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We have an Official State Cowboy Song and an Official State Question.

If silly stuff like this keeps the legislature busy enough to leave the citizens alone, I’m all for it.

legacyrepublican | January 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm

I might suggest the official hat for District of Columbia …

Official hat of District of Columbia?

this debate is better than the one that took place in NY about yogurt

JimMtnViewCaUSA | January 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm

My cousin was part of the team which pushed the Michigan legislature to declare an official “state soil”. For those interested in the details the official soil is “Kalkaska Sand” and I was one of the fortunate few to get a free T-shirt out of the process. Or maybe my cousin had to pay for it…

I admit to curiosity about the official “state question” mentioned above, is that for TX also? And, gotta agree with this sentiment “If silly stuff like this keeps the legislature busy enough to leave the citizens alone, I’m all for it.”

    The Official State Question is for New Mexico… the question being: Red or Green?

    We also have an Official State Aircraft: The Hot Air Balloon… which seems like a very appropriate choice from the state legislature.

I think a gimme cap would be more appropriate.

JimMtnViewCaUSA | January 7, 2015 at 5:11 am

For those curious, it refers to which color of chiles you like cooked into your food. Sort of like being asked if you want sweetened ice tea when you are in the South.

There’s an official state answer too.
“Red or green or Christmas”

    Nobody in the South ASKS if you want sweet tea. If you don’t want sweet tea, it’s up to you to say so, weirdo.

      jayjerome66 in reply to Estragon. | January 8, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      Sweet Southern tea tastes great. No sugar rush like it! A typical recipe calls for 2-1/2 full cups of sugar per gallon of tea. Which is like putting 4 heaping tablespoons of sugar in a 6oz cup of coffee. Therefore it isn’t surprising that southern states have considerably higher diabetes rates then the rest of the population. Add southern BBQ to the diet (yum yum) and a couple of Kentucky Bourbon Mint Juleps after dinner, and you will be guaranteed a satisfying though brief old age, though you can probably add a decade or two to your lifespan if you don’t marry any Southern women with the same taste in food and drink.

Last I heard, Stetson is a brand, not a manufacturer. It sells licenses, not hats. There are four manufacturers licensed to make Stetson hats.

PersonFromPorlock | January 8, 2015 at 9:21 am

Wouldn’t an official state hat call for official state cattle?