Judging underway for Fort Payne’s Flag design contest!
June 26, 2017 Share

Judging underway for Fort Payne’s Flag design contest!

PHOTO: The designs are in for the Fort Payne Flag contest, and the winner will be announced this Friday at the Fort Payne Independence Day Celebration. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)

By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor

tyler@southerntorch.com

The new Fort Payne City Flag will join the American Flag and the State of Alabama Flag in front of City Hall. (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The City of Fort Payne is currently reviewing the designs submitted for it’s new flag! The designs were submitted by the community, and the winners will be announced this Friday! Around 80 designs were submitted, and the flag ideas will be voted on by a panel of judges.

Earlier this year, the city announced that they are seeking a design for a new flag, and a contest was started to find the right design! After partnering with Fort Payne Main Street, the city announced a cash award for the first and second place winners. The top 10 overall flag designs will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor Larry Chesser.

The entry forms asked contestants: “What are the best features of Fort Payne? What are the things that make Fort Payne a remarkable small town? As you think about the past, present, and future, what colors, symbols, and designs can you come up with to capture the spirit of Fort Payne?”

In an earlier meeting of the Fort Payne City Council, Mayor Larry Chesser explained what motivated himself and the city to seek out it’s own flag design:

“Most of the larger cities in Alabama have a flag, and they are always displayed when the league of municipalities have their annual convention, they always have a hall of flags, and we always get a request to send one, and we never have one to send,” said Mayor Larry Chesser.

“The Spirit of Fort Payne, Design a City Flag Contest,” winners will be announced on Friday, June 30th at 7 pm at the Independence Day Celebration at the Fort Payne Sports Complex.

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