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Peoria County

 Flag Design Contest

August 8, 2022 - September 7, 2022


A flag is a symbol of a community. When done well, it is recognizable, representative, elicits emotion, and is adaptable. Peoria County currently has a county seal, but not a county flag. While the seal does well to convey authority on documents and items viewed up-close, it does not translate well onto a flag that must be flown high in the sky or seen and understood quickly at a distance.

We invite all residents of Peoria County to submit their design ideas - whether they be graphic designers, artists, doodlers, or just want to put crayon to paper. Residents may submit designs digitally or drawn on paper. We'll put all finalists up for a public vote in late September. Our goal is that this flag will be submitted by and chosen by our residents.

Good Flag Design

Roman Mars' TED Talk inspires everyone to become amateur vexillologists. You'll never look at flags the same way again.

These are suggestions from the North American Vexillological Association on good flag design. More information is available at https://nava.org

  1. Keep It Simple - The flag should be so simple that a child can draw it from memory.
  2. Use Meaningful Symbolism - The flag's images, colors, or patterns should relate to our community.
  3. Use 2 or 3 Basic Colors - Limit the number of colors on the flag to three which contrast well.
  4. No Lettering or Seals - Avoid writing of any kind or the County seal.
  5. Be Distinctive or Be Related - Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.
  6. Consider Real-World Structure - Imagine how the flag will look in a variety of locations and sizes.

Learn more by downloading Good Flag, Bad Flag, a short pamphlet explaining these principles. 

Contest Rules and Entry Information


Printable Entry Form (PDF)

Please continue scrolling for a digital submission form and contest rules.

Flag Design Contest - Digital Submission Form

  1. If you do not have an email address, please mark N/A

    • Design should be 7.5" x 4.5"
    • Please refer to contest rules for design suggestions
    • If you have difficulty uploading your design using this form, please contact communications@peoriacounty.org
  2. Rules agreement*
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  4. This field is not part of the form submission.

Peoria County Flag Design Contest Rules

Contest participants are limited to those residing within the boundaries of the County of Peoria, Illinois. Should a question on residency arise, addresses will be verified by Peoria County Treasurer and GIS offices. Students attending colleges or universities within Peoria County (i.e. Illinois Central College and Bradley University), but maintaining residency elsewhere, are also able to participate.

Contest entry is free.

Participants may submit flag design entries in digital format or hard copy format. Participants must complete and submit a Peoria County Flag Design Contest Entry Form with each entry. An online entry submission form as well as a downloadable (print) form is available at www.peoriacounty.gov/1232. Hard copies are also available at the Peoria County Courthouse Room 502, all Peoria Public Libraries, Dunlap Public Library, Brimfield Public Library, Chillicothe Public Library, Alpha Park Public Library, Lillie M Evans Public Library (Princeville), and Peoria Heights Public Library.

Digital entries should be submitted via our online form at www.peoriacounty.gov/1232. Entries should be 7.5 in wide x 4.5 in high. Each digital entry must be submitted separately. Participants may submit up to 3 different design entries.

Hard copy/paper entries may be dropped off or mailed to Peoria County Courthouse, Attn: Flag Contest, 324 Main St, Room 502, Peoria IL 61602. Each entry, up to 3, must be on a separate entry form.

Design entries must be original work and must not include, be based on, or derived from any third-party designs, trademarks, or copyrighted images. All submitted entries may be modified, reproduced, and published at the County’s discretion. Participants are encouraged to explain their design and how it symbolizes Peoria County.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, to be eligible for consideration. Peoria County is not responsible for computer or connectivity problems. Peoria County shall make a good-faith effort to retrieve all entries, but Peoria County is not responsible for entries that are lost, overlooked, damaged, not received by the contest deadline, or not able to be uploaded due to computer or internet difficulties.

Design Suggestions

These are suggestions from the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) on good flag design. More information is available at https://nava.org. 

  • 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 our community.
  • Use 2 or 3 Basic Colors - Limit the number of colors on the flag to three which contrast well.
  • No Lettering or Seals - Avoid writing of any kind or the County seal.
  • Be Distinctive or Be Related - Avoid duplicating other flags, but use similarities to show connections.
  • Consider Real-World Structure - Imagine how the flag will look in a variety of locations and sizes.

Winning Artwork

Digital artwork may be submitted in various formats, though PDF, PNG, or JPEG is preferred. If the original artwork was created as a vector, Peoria County will work with the artist to receive the original file for production and distribution. Winning artwork will be digitized if it was submitted in hard copy.

By participating in this contest, the artist acknowledges that should their flag design win, anyone will have the right to freely use, copy, modify, and share the flag.

The winning artist will be recognized with the flag at the unveiling ceremony, on the Peoria County website, and on Peoria County’s social media channels.  Plus, they can officially call themself a vexillographer (creator of flags). 

Voting

A team of judges will narrow down choices to no more than 5. The public will then be invited to vote on those entries through a digital platform. Libraries in Peoria County will assist residents with voting if they do not have internet access. If the judging panel deems not enough qualified entries have been received, the judges may choose to not select any flag to continue for a public vote.

Timeline (subject to change)

  • August 8-September 7, 2022 – Entry period open
  • September 9-15 – Entries are evaluated and culled down to no more than 5
  • September 19-September 28 – Public voting on designs
  • October 22 – Flag unveiling event