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Florida fact: a song and an anthem

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Did you know Florida has both a state song and a state anthem?

Responding to an initiative to find a new Florida state song, the Florida Music Education Association managed an online contest to find a new song to represent the state. The winning song was “Florida, Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky.” During the 2008 legislative session, a compromise was reached to keep the old state song, “Old Folks at Home,” (with revised lyrics), and designate “Florida, Where the Sawgrass Meets the Sky” as the new state anthem.

Sawgrass grows in Florida’s coastal marshes and the Everglades.

Jennifer Fennell, The Tallahassee 100

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