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[flag of West Plains, Missouri] image located by Paul Bassinson, 7 July 2019

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The image of the new flag of the city of West Plains, Missouri is obtained from and article at
Paul Bassinson, 7 July 2019

News article, including image of new flag:
May 21, 2019

20-year-old West Plains native Isaac Protiva’s design was selected as the winner of the open public competition, which received 140 submissions according to city officials. The two-color, blue and yellow flag design “depicts a circle representing the community of West Plains unifying the divergent paths of the individuals that live here,” according to Protiva. His symbolism also draws inspiration from the unique design of the downtown court square in West Plains.

The West Plains City Council formally adopted the new flag during Monday’s city council meeting. Competition for the re-design of the city of West Plains flag ran from mid-March to mid-April. A panel of five judges from the community rated submissions using several criteria, including simplicity, meaningful symbolism, the use of only 2-3 basic colors, and distinctiveness.

Official announcement:
Call for contest entries with photo of old flag:
Masao Okazaki, 22 July 2019

Previous flag

[flag of West Plains, Missouri] image by Masao Okazaki, 5 March 2020

An image of the flag of the city of West Plains, Missouri was obtained from
Paul Bassinson, 6 May 2019

West Plains Downtown Revitalization, in conjunction with the City of West Plains, is sponsoring an open competition for a new design of the City of West Plains flag. The competition is open to the public and will run until 5 p.m. Friday, April 12. Submissions will be judged by a panel of community members, with the winning entry to be announced by mid-April. In addition to the flag being flown at City Hall and at other City buildings, West Plains Downtown Revitalization and the City of West Plains could potentially make the new design available for purchase on promotional items. The winner will also receive artistic recognition and publicity for the winning design.

“We have some very, very talented people in our community that we hope will participate in this competition,” said City of West Plains Community Marketing Director Todd Shanks. “We’d like to tap into that talent and the pride people have in West Plains.” Shanks said other cities have held similar competitions. Springfield, Mo., in fact, used a citizen-led group to redesign their 80-year old flag.

West Plains’ current flag features houses, leaves, acorns, and the state of Missouri. Participants are encouraged to follow these five guidelines in their designs: 1) Keep it simple; 2) Use meaningful symbolism; 3) Use only 2-3 basic colors; 4) Avoid using lettering or seals; and 5) Be distinctive.
Official website, 12 March 2019

Additional photo
Ivan Sache, 7 May 2019


[municipal seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 30 September 2019

Image source:
Paul Bassinson, 30 September 2019