Maryland Legislature to Designate a State Sandwich in 2013?

Sandwich would join litany of official "state" items.


The black-eyed Susan. The Baltimore Oriole. The striped bass. The white oak.  The calico cat. Jousting. Lacrosse. Astrodon johnstoni.

What do these things all have in common?

They have all been designated as the official Maryland state something-or-other (flower, bird, fish, tree, cat, sport, team sport and dinosaur respectively.)

So why not a state sandwich?

If Senator Richard F. Colburn (R-Dorchester) has his way, there will be one - the soft-shell crab sandwich.

It has been four years since Maryland last designated something as the "official state" something - walking, as the state exercise in 2008, according to a recent Washington Post story.

Senator Colburn believes that promoting "a Maryland delicacy can boost the state's restaurant business and the crabbers on the eastern shore."

The article describes the sandwich as a pan-fried crab, topped with mustard, lettuce and tomato, served with the legs sticking out from between two slices of bread.

An identical bill is in the House of Delegates, sponsored by Delegate C. Cane (D-Wicomico).

In addition to the things listed above, Maryland also has an official state dessert (the Smith Island cake), a gem (the Patuxent River stone), reptile (diamond terrapin) and dog (Chesapeake Bay retriever).

What else would you like to see designated as the official state "something"?

Tell us in the comments.

Keith Sanderson December 29, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Well, all of the above comments have their valid points. However, I think any effort to promote our state's attributes, and this one doesn't seem to be that big of a distraction from the Big Issues we face, are in our interest in the long run since distinguishing ourselves from other areas/states will help attract industry, tourism($$$), movies, etc. As an environmentalist, I have grave concerns over the still-downward spiral of the condition of the Bay, and promoting any type of crab product, legs or not, may help attract attention the the plight of that animal in particular, and conditions in the Bay in general. Remember, many job/income/taxes come from the recreational, commercial, and industrial use of the Bay and to me those are The Big Issues. Part of the current crisis is that other states in the Bay watershed have not been very cooperative in enforcing laws and practices which will help clean up the Bay, and so maybe the yum-yum sandwiches( I like them both ways, legs and all) will help draw attention to this issue.
Sufferin' Succotash December 30, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Soft shells rock. Never had one on a sammich tho.
Michael B. Cron December 30, 2012 at 02:17 AM
The state sandwich should be crow. That is what the state house has been feeding us for a very long time.
jnrentz1 January 01, 2013 at 05:06 PM
How about a resolution to ask Pennsylvania with our cooperation, and the assistance of the Federal Government to dredge out the sediment from behind the various dams on the Susquehanna River? That would do far more for our Chesapeake Bay, and our Blue Crab, than the silliness of naming an Official State Sandwich.
Keith Sanderson January 01, 2013 at 05:47 PM
jnrentz1: Agree- too many dam dams, and the last I read was during Sandy and other storms, the water level, which now is so shallow behind the dam due to the sediment build up, rose over the dam and carried with it tons of riled-up sediment, uncontrollably flowing into the Bay. Researches examined the Bay near Elkridege, and determined it hadn't buried any new grass beds at that time. Whew!


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