I find this quite fascinating in comparison to growing up in North Carolina, where every notion of local pride is focused on at least one of the following:
1. General Southern pride
2. Confederate pride
3. Wolfpack (NC State) pride
4. Tar Heel (Chapel Hill) pride*
5. Blue Devil (Duke) pride*
*It is noteworthy that while numbers 4 and 5 are quite proud of their teams, they truly despise each other.
North Carolinians have plenty of pride, but it's not focused on the state itself. As far as I can tell, Wisconsinites love their state. They hate their governor, but they love their state. If any non-Wisconsinites don't know what I'm talking about, Google "Scott Walker recall."
I find it amusing that national chains have made some products in Wisconsin and marketed them accordingly for the proud Wisconsinites:
|Even California-based Trader Joe's has Wisconsin pride (note the seal at the bottom right).|
Now that I live here, I suppose I'll know when I've truly become a Wisconsinite: when I start feeling the pride.