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Cheerwine gets formal honor in Congress

Cheerwine lines the shelves along with other soft drinks at the Food Lion on Park Road in Charlotte in 2014
Cheerwine lines the shelves along with other soft drinks at the Food Lion on Park Road in Charlotte in 2014 mhames@charlotteobserver.com

North Carolina’s popular cherry-flavored soda got an official shout-out in the U.S. House of Representatives this week as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.

U.S. Rep. Ted Budd introduced a formal resolution honoring Cheerwine on Wednesday. The Republican’s district includes Salisbury, where the beverage was created in 1917.

The resolution notes that Cheerwine “was enjoyed by” two presidents: Dwight Eisenhower in 1953 and George H.W. Bush in 1992.

It says that Congress “recognizes the significance of the hundredth anniversary of the soda Cheerwine and acknowledges its contribution to North Carolina’s vibrant food culture and unique local character” and “recognizes that Cheerwine is an important part of North Carolina’s heritage and culture.”

North Carolina’s senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, also noted the anniversary, praising Cheerwine in a video posted Friday to Twitter by the N.C. Beverage Association.

Cheerwine is holding a street festival in downtown Salisbury on Saturday, featuring free Cheerwine, Cheerwine-flavored cake and soda-related events.

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