As part of Frederick County’s 275th Anniversary Celebratory year, the Frederick County 275 Planning Committee is holding a community contest to redesign the County flag.
Three semi-finalists have been selected and the three designs have moved forward to the public voting round that will end on Saturday, June 10 at 10 p.m., with the conclusion of the 275th Jubilee event. The contest winner will receive a cash prize of $1,275 and a full-size flag with their design.
“Frederick County values the arts, and we want to encourage talented artists of all ages to participate in the contest to redesign our flag.” County Executive Jessica Fitzwater said in a Press Release.
The three semi-final designs were selected by the County Flag Contest Selection Committee. The Committee reviewed 137 designs in total. The designs were evaluated based on three criteria: simplicity; color scheme; and narrative.
The winner by highest vote will be announced on Flag Day, June 14 by County Executive Jessica Fitzwater via a media release.
To vote you must currently live or work in Frederick County. One vote is permitted per person for the duration of the contest.
Current County Flag:
The current Frederick County flag was created in 1976 by local artist James Pearl who won a contest sponsored by the Frederick County Bicentennial Committee. The final flag design was presented by Dana Kiester, Frederick County Bicentennial Committee Chair, and was presented, then approved by the Board of County Commissioners on March 15, 1976. The flag (shown above) contains an image of Francis Scott Key pointing to a yellow replica of Frederick County encircled in blue, against a background of nine horizontal bars of equal width alternating in red and white.