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Newton Flag Project contest deadline looms

The Newton Kansan

Less than two weeks remain to submit designs for Newton’s city flag.

Artists and designers have until July 31 to submit designs to the Newton Flag Project steering committee.

“This flag is intended to inspire pride and unity in our community,” said Erin McDaniel, public information director for the City of Newton.

Contest entry is free. Contestants must complete and submit a Newton Flag Project Design Contest Entry Form with each entry. The entry form is available for download at newtonkansas.com/flag, or pick one up at City Hall or the Newton Public Library.

Entries can be submitted in digital (PDF, PNG or JPEG) format or hard copy format (paper). Submit digital entries via email to info@newtonkansas.com. Drop off paper entries at City Hall or the Newton Public Library, or mail to City of Newton, Attn: Flag Contest, PO Box 426, Newton KS 67114.

Each contestant may submit up to three different original designs.

Designs will be posted online for a public vote to narrow down top finalists. A volunteer panel of local artists and community members will then judge and evaluate the finalists based on criteria listed below. The winning design will be selected during the month of August. The winner will receive a cash prize, merchandise and recognition at a community event this fall.

The committee will then bring the winning design to the Newton City Commission to consider adopting as the official city flag. The design will be in the public domain and made available for all to use.

Designers are advised to adhere to these flag design principles:

• Keep it simple – The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.

• Use meaningful symbolism – The flag’s images, colors or patterns should relate to or tell a compelling story about the community.

• Use two to three basic colors.

• No lettering or seals – Never use writing of any kind or an organization’s seal.

• Be distinctive or be related – Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.

• Be timeless – Avoid using features that will become dated or obsolete.

• Consider real-world structure – Images should be legible on both front and back of the flag, and legible while flying or hanging.

Designers are also encouraged to use the feedback gathered during the project’s community meetings to inspire their designs. The full list of comments is available at newtonkansas.com/flag.

Questions about the contest can be directed to info@newtonkansas.com or Facebook.com/NewtonKSFlag.