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[Flag of Licking County, Ohio] image by Phil Nelson, 9 November 2003
Based on: www.fcb2003.org/pictures.htm and this image, located by António Martins-Tuválkin, 20 December 2002



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Description of the flag

A 1:3 white-green vertical bicolor flag with three yellow, red and blue wavy stripes across the bottom. An octagonal, vertically divided red-yellow emblem with a blue cogwheel bearing a white rectangle, and a pair of branches below.
Phil Nelson, 9 November 2003

From www.newarkadvocate.com/news/stories/20020723/localnews/284557.html

Licking County unveils flag
Design infuses industry, agriculture with area's historical significance By DAVID GILLIGAN Advocate Reporter

NEWARK -- While millions of Americans have discovered a newly found respect for the American flag since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Licking Countians now have another banner of pride to fly next to the old stars and stripes. The Licking County Board of Commissioners recently unveiled the county's new flag, which will fly on the Statehouse lawn in Columbus with flags from Ohio's other 87 counties next year. It's all to help celebrate the state's bicentennial. Licking County's flag was designed to highlight certain qualities specific to the county's character, Commissioner Marcia Phelps said. "We felt our flag should depict some of the unique qualities of Licking County and the history of Licking County," Phelps said.

Inside a design of the Octagon Earthworks rest two grains of wheat beneath the shape of an industrial cog, showcasing the importance of industry and agriculture to the Licking County economy. Most of the flag is green to represent the county's open space. Inside the cog lies the county's outline, while the words "Licking County" rest on wavy yellow, red and blue lines that flutter across the bottom of the flag. "We put the name of our county on the flag so people who see it at the Statehouse who might not be familiar with Licking County can identify what makes this county so great," Phelps said.

Commissioners decided on the flag's design from a series of about six choices offered to them from Newark-based A & D Advertising and Design. Although the decision was ultimately up to the commissioners, they solicited opinions from others. "We asked the opinion of many different people who came through the commissioners' office during the past several months," Phelps said. "Some of the other elected officials also gave their opinions, but this was the one the majority of people liked best." Commissioners also got a bit of encouragement from schoolchildren throughout the county who visited their office on April 11 for the county's Youth in Government Day. "They were allowed to view some of the choices, so they had their voice heard as well," Phelps said.
Dov Gutterman, 26 December 2002

This flag takes the place of a missing county flag. The former Licking County flag was designed by student Brandy McCluskey of Utica in 1986, but the flag had disappeared and nobody in the county building could remember its design! They thought that it had been sent to the Ohio State Fair and never returned.

The process of designing the current Licking County flag began when the Commissioners contracted with A & D Advertising, best known in Licking County for their design work. Christine Diebold met with the Commissioners over a period of time discussing the meaning of the flag and the representation of Licking County. After several drafts and during County Government Week, Student Government representatives picked the winner from five models submitted. The current flag was adopted in July, 2002.

The octagon shape represents the earliest settlements in Licking County. The Octagon Mounds are earthworks built by the Hopewell Indians. The industrial cog in the center of the mound represents Licking County's strong industrial base. The white outline of Licking County depicts the shape and size of the second largest county, by landmass, in the State of Ohio. The color green and the grain symbolize agriculture and the many farm families who make their homes in Licking County.

The county is named for its principle stream, called the "Licking River" by pioneers, but "Pataskala" by Native Americans. The name refers to salt licks in the area
Source: www.ohiochannel.org/your_state/ohio_statehouse/education/ohio_county_flags.cfm
Located by Valentin Poposki, 26 September 2007

The design of the Licking County flag in 2008 was used for designing the bicentennial flag for the County. Full story about the flag and image of the bicentennial flag are here: www.lcounty.com/history/default.aspx

"Licking County History
You have been seeing our Licking County flag accompanying these articles for a few weeks, so it is time to tell the story of how it came about. Marvella McCluskey, former Clerk for the County Board of Commissioners, explains how all the schools in the county were invited to join a contest in 1984 to design a flag. The emphasis was to be on our agricultural and industrial history.

The winner was Brandi McCluskey, a 5th grader at Utica Elementary. Brandi received a plaque and a promise that there would be three flags produced from the design. One would go to the Ohio State Fair, one to the Hartford Fair, and one would be given to her. Several years went by, however, before any flags were made from the design. A few years later, Hope Jellison, an employee at the County Water Wastewater Office, put the first flag together by cutting and sewing from sail cloth. It was only used on special occasions. Several residents inquired about purchasing one, but it was thought the cost would be too prohibitive at that point.

Finally, in the late 1990's, County officials once again tackled the idea of redesigning and adopting it officially as a county flag. The Commissioners contracted with A & D Advertising, a local firm well-known for artistic design, to work on the design. Christine Diebold of A & D met with the Commissioners over a period of several months to discuss symbols that best represent our county. They had an eye for what colors stand out as you look over the hills and valleys, and how to best represent the hard work and achievements of the people who have lived here throughout our history. Diebold presented five draft designs during County Government Week, and Student Government representatives picked a winner - the one you see above. A small quantity of these were produced in 1998.

As part of the preparations for the Ohio Bicentennial Celebration (1803-2003), all of Ohio's 88 counties were asked to make their flags available. Our flag proudly took its place with the other 87 on the Statehouse lawn in Columbus. Then the Licking County Bicentennial Commission, headed by the County Commissioners, adopted the flag again as a logo for the Bicentennial theme (1808-2008) of our county.

What is the symbolism on the flag? To quote from the Commissioner's Office:
The flag of Licking County symbolizes the true meaning and roots of the heritage of Licking County. Proud of our Earthworks, the Octagon Mounds, built by the Hopewell Indians, are the earliest reflection of settlements in Licking County. The industrial cog in the center of the mound represents Licking County's strong industrial base. The white outline of Licking County depicts the shape and size of the second largest county, by landmass, in the State of Ohio. The color green is a symbolic color representing agriculture, as is the grain, which represents the many farm families who make their homes in Licking County. The flowing stripes across the bottom are symbols of early transportation including the rivers and canals, the railroads and later major roadways opening the County to commerce."

Valentin Poposki, 30 October 2010