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One of the original Thirteen Colonies, the Tar Heel State squeezes itself between Virginia and South Carolina on the Atlantic Seaboard. The nickname “Tar Heel” harkens back to colonial times when North Carolina was a major exporter of tar, pitch, and turpentine. Modern North Carolinians have good naturedly turned what was initially a pejorative into a welcome, unpretentious nickname. No state in the Union produces more sweet potatoes than North Carolina. They are the official state vegetable. The official berries are strawberry and blueberry, but the overall state fruit nod goes to the Scuppernong grape. In a region known for barbecue, North Carolina stands out. Here in the “Cradle of ’Cue,” barbecue fanatics can follow a Barbecue Trail that hits 25 of the state’s most important barbecue joints. If you're eating barbeque in the Carolinas, chances are pretty good that you're enjoying pulled pork shoulder, cooked long and low over flavor-forging wood smoke.
 

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Home Town: San Antonio, Texas, USA
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I'm an Air Force wife with 3 beautiful children. I've been married for almost 8 years. We just moved to North Carolina coming from Mississippi. We were in Mississippi throught the dreaded Hurricane Katrina and survived just fine. We were one of the lucky ones.

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Home Town: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Living In: Concord, North Carolina, USA
 

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