COPY-Contest underway to choose new state song

Associated Press - June 25, 2007 9:04 AM ET

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Entries for the new state song are rolling in.

The "Swanee River" tune has been the state song since 1935, but it's criticized for its allusions to plantation life that some believe are racist.

The Florida Music Educators' Association says it's already received nearly two dozen entries since the search for a new song began several weeks ago. Some of them have been eliminated for not following entry procedures.

The contest ends October First. The music association plans to appoint a panel to narrow the entries to three, then post them online.

Floridians will be able to listen and vote. The winner will be proposed in a legislative bill next year.

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