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Tomato Lycopersicon esculentus Adopted: January 6, 2009
Ohio state fruit
Ohio State Fruit: Tomato
Photograph: Robert Goodwin @ flickr®

Adoption of the Ohio State Fruit

Senate Bill No. 243 (SB243) was introduced in the Ohio State Senate on October 18, 2007 as a proposal to name October 22 as "U.S.S Hocking Day."

The bill designates October 22 as "U.S.S. Hocking Day" in honor of the distinguished career of the U.S.S. Hocking, a World War II attack transport ship, the navy crewmen who served on it, and the marines who were carried into battle on it.

By the time SB243 was signed by Governor Ted Strickland on January 6, 2009, it included legislation for the following:

  • Designation of twenty-four (24) special days, weeks, months, and years from naming year 2008 as the "Year of the Veteran" to naming June 19 as "Juneteenth National Freedom Day" to naming the fourth Sunday in September as "Internet Safety Day" to specifying that "Ohio Save for Retirement Week" will fall on the same week as federal law designates as "National Save for Retirement Week."
  • Naming eight (8) speclal license plates from including "persons who served in the armed forces of the United States in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom or in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and who are on active duty or are honorably discharged are eligible to apply for and receive veterans license plates" to new "Support Our Troops" license plates to "historically black fraternaty/sorority license plates."
  • Designation of fifteeen (15) specially named roads and bridges, including a section of Route 270 as "Trooper Wendy G. Everett Memorial Highway" and the Lake Milton Bridge as the "Peter J. Delucia Memorial Bridge."
  • Naming the tomato the state fruit and the pawpaw the state native fruit.

And yes, October 22 was designated "U.S.S. Hocking Day."

The legislation prescribed in Senate Bill No. 243 is effective April 7, 2009, three months after receipt of the Governor Strickland's signature.

In 1965, Tomato juice was adopted as Ohio's official beverage. Ohio was the second leading producer, behind California, of tomato juice in the country.


Ohio Revised Code. Ohio General Assembly. 2009. 21 March 2009

Additional Information

Growing Tomatoes in the Home Garden: The Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet.

Paragon Tomato: Ohio Historical Society's Ohio History Central: An Online Encyclopedia of Ohio History.

Website: Reynoldsburg, Ohio Tomato Festival.

Ohio's "Tomato Hall of Fame": By Joe Crea, cleveland.com.

State Fruit: Complete list of official state fruit.

More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official Ohio state symbols.

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