West Plains Downtown Revitalization, in conjunction with the City of West Plains, is sponsoring an open competition for a new design of the City of West Plains flag.
The competition is open to the public and will run until 5 p.m. Friday, April 12.
Submissions will be judged by a panel of community members, with the winning entry to be announced by mid-April. In addition to the flag being flown at City Hall and at other City buildings, West Plains Downtown Revitalization and the City of West Plains could potentially make the new design available for purchase on promotional items. The winner will also receive artistic recognition and publicity for the winning design.
“We have some very, very talented people in our community that we hope will participate in this competition,” said City of West Plains Community Marketing Director Todd Shanks. “We’d like to tap into that talent and the pride people have in West Plains.”
Shanks said other cities have held similar competitions. Springfield, Mo., in fact, used a citizen-led group to redesign their 80-year old flag.
West Plains’ current flag features houses, leaves, acorns, and the state of Missouri. Participants are encouraged to follow these five guidelines in their designs: 1) Keep it simple; 2) Use meaningful symbolism; 3) Use only 2-3 basic colors; 4) Avoid using lettering or seals; and 5) Be distinctive.
All submissions must be made electronically and can be mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5 p.m. April 12. Submissions after that time will not be accepted. Jpeg or PDF formats are preferred.
Shown above is the current City of West Plains city flag, which flies over City Hall, city buildings and some businesses in West Plains. West Plains Downtown Revitalization and the City of West Plains are asking for the community’s help in designing a new flag.