If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That was the message given to the City of Fayetteville when they opened up discussion on the city’s official flag. Residents were recently asked to look at six Fayetteville flag designs, including the existing design, and to decide which one they prefer to see flying in the future over the City.
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.
This summer, City Council sent out a call again for residents to submit new flag designs.
Five new designs were chosen as finalists, and they were presented with the current flag for online voting and for in-person voting at the October Main Street Market event.Combining the results, the current flag received the most votes at 31 percent. The second most popular flag, designed by Tandre Oey, received 22 percent of the vote.
The current flag was approved in 2002 as part of a contest. It was designed by resident 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.
McFarlin is a life-long resident, who once went to school in what is now Fayetteville City Hall. In a letter sent to city council, she explained her inspiration for her design.
“I grew up here, attended school here when cotton reached from horizon to horizon, rode a school bus on unpaved roads, and raised my family here,” it read. “I can only pray if the City does change the flag, it will be designed by someone with the love and heartfelt devotion I felt when I created mine.”
At the last council meeting, Councilman Scott Stacy confirmed the city would be keeping McFarlin’s flag.