Did you know Sioux Falls was called out on a national level at a locat conference in 2014 for being 1 of 3 major cities in the United States that does not have it's own city flag?
Sioux Falls Flag
Did you know Sioux Falls was called out on a national level at a locat conference in 2014 for being 1 of 3 major cities in the United States that does not have it's own city flag? Sioux Falls; Fargo, ND; and Hilo, HA are well established cities and all lack the representation of their own flag.
After numerous conversations, phone calls, and inquiries from conference attendees, the Commitee to Establish a Suitable Flying Banner for the City of Sioux Falls (or CESFBCSF) was formed. The committe was based out of the Sioux Falls Design center and went to work! Over the next couple months they led town hall meetings, SKYPE conversations with flag design experts, and discussed at length what the new flag should and should not be. And yes, there are rules for designing a new flag!
After this initial lesson in flag guidelines, the committee began to solicit ideas for the flag's design. The community responded with designs from children as young as 5 years old to adults in their 60's. There were 90 designs submitted for committee and public review. From there, each design was downloaded to a website survey. 3,000 community members devoted over 30 minutes of time to consider each design and what it would mean for Sioux Falls. The top 6 designs were then printed and put on display at the Sioux Falls Design Center for a final judging. The #1 flag was clear as it recieved the honor of "Best in Show" as well as "People's Choice."
Max Rabkin designed the winning flag. He was careful to study what Sioux Falls was known for and included many elements of the city without breaking flag design "rules".
The central feature of the design is the stylized falls in blue and white. The blue is the same shade as on the Flag of South Dakota and the sun also recalls the South Dakota Flag, representing Sioux Fallsâ€™ importance in the state. The pinkish red recalls the Sioux quartzite quarried in Sioux Falls, from which many of the important buildings in the city are built. The upward direction of the central design represents the growth of Sioux Falls. The combination of red, white and blue recall the American Flag, while the design and precise shades are distinctive. (www.siouxfallsflag.com)
It is still up to city council to approve the flag but the people have spoken. Merchandise has already been printed and can be purchased at some local shops around town. The feedback and acceptance of the flag have really spoken to why it has been dubbed "The People's Flag of Sioux Falls".
For more information visit www.siouxfallsflag.com or follow the trend on Instagram #siouxfallsflag.
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