Archive for Thursday, May 5, 2005

Contest seeks city flag design

May 5, 2005

About 15 years ago, William Bailey won a contest to create a seal for City of Lansing. Now that seal is part of another contest, this time to design a flag for the city.

City Council member Billy Blackwell broached the idea of the city sponsoring a contest after local veteran Mike Howell showed him a preliminary design for the Lansing Veterans Memorial to be built at City Hall, 800 First Terrace. The drawing included United States, Kansas and Lansing flags, but there was a problem.

"I didn't know we didn't have a flag," Howell said. The City of Lansing flag contest is intended to change that.

Bailey, Lansing resident, said that when he sees the city seal these days, he still thinks, "I designed that."

The winner of the flag contest, open to Lansing elementary, middle and high school students, may feel a similar feeling of pride seeing her design flying high at City Hall . In case that isn't enough incentive for students to enter the contest, the winner also receives $175, the second prize is $75, and the third prize is $50.

The only restriction on the flag's design is that it must include the city seal, which can be copied from the contest registration form downloadable from the city's Web site, Entries and registration forms must be submitted to the Lansing city clerk's office by May 16.

The prize money was collected from $100 donations each from Blackwell, city council member, Lansing VFW Post 12003, and the city.

Mayor Kenneth Bernard said that, except for including the city seal, "I'm pretty open about the criteria."

He and other city council members will judge the flag submissions.


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