The City of Fayetteville is moving closer to a new flag. At their August 16 meeting, Council Member Scott Stacy offered an update from his work with a flag committee of formed of residents.
“We’re going to put this into the citizens’ hands to come up with a design for our flag,” said Stacy.
City Council will soon consider endorsing a flag design contest, laying out conditions for approval. Residents will get a chance to submit ideas for the flag with a future vote to include options culled from the contest, along with the current flag.
Stacy mentioned Market Day on Saturday, October 27 as a possible voting opportunity.
The idea of a new flag was broached back in July 2017 when recent Landmark Christian graduates Connor Mahlbacher and Zachary Carter approached the city about needing a revamped flag.
“Do any of you know what Fayetteville’s flag looks like without peeking? I suspect none of you, except for the council members, knew what the flag looks like,” said Carter at the July 6, 2017 meeting, noting the flag inside council chambers was the first time he had ever actually seen it in person. “The reason for this is simple, the Fayetteville flag just isn’t a flag worth flying.”
The current flag was approved in 2002, designed by Nita McFarlin with the same colors as France to reflect the influence of Marquis de LaFayette. The double-T in Fayetteville is the foundation for the Courthouse tower in the image, perhaps the most iconic piece of the City.
“When you put words on a flag, it ceases being a flag, and it just becomes a poster,” said Carter. “Fayetteville needs an actual symbol to rally around.”