PHOTO: Currently, the Alabama and United States Flags are displayed at Fort Payne City Hall, Mayor Larry Chesser would like for the city to have it's own flag to also display out front, and you can help design it! (Tyler Pruett | Southern Torch)
By Tyler Pruett, Managing Editor
FORT PAYNE, Ala. — The City of Fort Payne recently announced that they are seeking a design for a new flag, and they need your help! 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 asks 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 the last 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.
The deadline to submit all entries is Thursday, June 15th. Designs must be done on the official contest form, and can be dropped off at Fort Payne City Hall or mailed to: 100 Alabama Ave NW, Fort Payne, AL 35967. View the entry form below or by picking them up at several businesses around town, including The Spot.
View the Flag Design Entry Form: